It’ll be a shock to absolutely nobody that Guillermo Del Toro’s long-developing Pinocchio movie will boast a star-studded cast. Has he ever had a bad group for any of his movies? And considering how much time has been spent putting this one together, Del Toro may have assembled his best cast yet.
Netflix confirms Del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio will star newcomer Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto. Joining them are Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman. A lot of Del Toro’s old favorites.
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix,” said del Toro. “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.”
I believe Mann is the young actor who had a small role in 2018’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This will be the biggest role of his career so far.
Joining Del Toro as co-director is veteran animator Mark Gustafson, best known for his work on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Patrick McHale co-wrote the script with Del Toro, with the great Alexandre Desplat providing the score.
No word on a release but production has been in the works for a while, and it may arrive sooner than expected.