Netflix has announced the full cast for its adaptation of Pinocchio! The stop-motion film will be directed by horror legend Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). The lead role of Pinocchio will be voiced by young actor Gregory Mann, who joins previously announced stars, Ewan McGregor, as Cricket, and David Bradley as Geppetto. The rest of the cast includes Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman. Netflix has not announced who the new actors will be playing in the film.
Pinocchio is a passion project for del Toro that has been in development for several years. In a statement to the media, the director says
After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way.
The film was also confirmed to be a musical, with a score by Alexandre Desplat. The project has continued to shoot during the COVID-19 pandemic and was not affected by production shutdowns, unlike del Toro’s other film Nightmare Alley. There is no word on a release date yet.