A live-action version of Pinocchio is currently in the works for Disney+. This film will use state-of-the-art CGI to bring Pinocchio to life.
In the film, we know that we will see Tom Hanks as Gheppto, Cynthia Erivo playing The Blue Fairy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will provide the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Keegan-Michael Key will play Honest John, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth will play the title character of Pinocchio.
We just learned that Luke Evans will be starring as the Coachman; however, in this new version we will see a slightly different version of the coachman. In a recent interview, Evans provided some additional information on his upcoming role.
“Thankfully, he [live-action Coachman] looks nothing like the character in the animation. In the mind of Bob Zemeckis [Pinocchio], you can imagine, the things are not going to be the same as they were in the animation. They’re very good. The storyline is very, very similar. But there were certain characters that Bob was able to, you know, dramatically enhance and the coachman is one of those. I get to use all my musical theater, experience and skills in this character. I can’t tell you too much because I want it to be a surprise. But there are some really wonderful gifts that he gave me as an actor with the character. You see a coachman in many different ways. I don’t want to give any more than that. But he isn’t just the average human being if that means anything to you. He’s a very unusual creature is rather terrifying. I mean, if you think Gaston is scary, wait til you meet Coachman.”
We look forward to seeing Evans in this role, but also in the upcoming prequel series for Beauty and the Beast where he will be coming back as Gaston!
The new “Pinocchio” film is going to be coming to Disney+ in 2022, and the original animated classic is available to watch now on Disney+.