May 31, 2022
Disney is set to premiere new live-action movie Pinocchio on Disney+ Day Sept. 8, ahead of the return of the media giant’s D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event in Anaheim, Calif. The subscription streaming VOD service will host special experiences for fans and subscribers, and premiere new content from its brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic in the coming months.
Directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, Pinocchio stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto, the wood carver who builds and treats the puppet Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his own son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his “conscience”; Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John; Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco is Sofia the Seagull, a new character; and Luke Evans is The Coachman. Also in the cast are Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana (and her marionette Sabina), Giuseppe Battiston as Señor Stromboli, and Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick.
Zemeckis, Derek Hogue, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz are the film’s producers, with Jackie Levine, Jack Rapke, Alexandra Derbyshire and Jeremy Johns the executive producers.
Pinocchio marks the first collaboration between Zemeckis and Hanks since the 2004 animated winter family fantasy The Polar Express.