The upcoming film is based on the 1883 Italian children's book and 1940 Disney animated film.
We've seen Tom Hanks play an array of roles: from the Oscar-winning performance as a gay lawyer with AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), a drunken manager of a women’s baseball team in the comedy A League of Their Own (1992) to the beloved animated cowboy Woody in the Toy Story films, the actor has shown incredible range in his acting prowess. Now fans will get to see the 65-year-old actor as hopeful woodcarver Geppetto who is the creator of the optimistic puppet Pinocchio. Disney released the official teaser trailer for this year's live-action film, Pinocchio featuring Hanks as Geppetto and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voicing Pinocchio. "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight," Geppetto says in the teaser trailer, referencing the same iconic prayer from the original film. "I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight."
The movie also features Lorraine Bracco as a new character, Sofia the Seagull. Others in the cast include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the wise mentor and "conscience" Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Keegan-Michael Key as "Honest" John, and Luke Evans as the villainous Coachman. Evans previously played the villain Gaston in Disney's 2017 live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Speaking onD23 Inside Disney podcast last year he revealed that his Coachman "thankfully" looks "nothing like the character from the animation."
"Things are not going to be the same as they were in the animation. The storyline is very, very similar, but there were some characters that [ director Robert Zemeckis] was able to dramatically enhance, and the Coachman is one of those," said Evans. "I get to use all of 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," he added. "I don't want to give away anymore than that. But he isn't just the average human being, if that means anything to you. He's a very unusual creature. He's rather terrifying. If you think Gaston is scary, wait until you meet the Coachman!"
The 1940 film was the first-ever animated feature to win at the Oscars, picking up gold for Best Original Score and Best Song. The iconic song, "When You Wish Upon a Star," has turned into an anthem for Disney. The Disney rendition of Pinocchio will also face off with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's version of the story when his long-gestating stop-motion version will release in December, reports EW. The teaser features Ewan McGregor as the voice of Sebastian J. Cricket, who lives inside the heart of the wooden puppet that magically comes to life. Disney's Pinocchio will premiere on Disney+ Sept. 8.