Ewan McGregor is confirmed to star in a revamp of Pinocchio for Netflix, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Ewan McGregor Wished Upon A Star, And His Dreams Came True!
EW revealed that Ewan McGregor will be voicing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro's twisted production of Pinocchio. Originally voiced by famed Disney Legend Cliff Edwards in 1940, McGregor will illustrate a whole new meaning to the Disney character that everyone knows and loves.
McGregor toasted the celebration with radio host Angelique Roche, saying:
"I'm playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro's version of Pinocchio. That I had started working on before I left for New York. So some of that is recorded. And of course, it's stop-frame animation so it's going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part of that, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done. There may or may not be a song that needs to be recorded. I'm not sure that I'm at liberty to discuss that."
Guillermo del Toro Puts His Directing Skills To The Test
As we all know, people hold on tight to the original Disney classics. However, Guillermo del Toro revealed to Entertainment Weekly in 2012:
"In a strange way, two of the stories that fascinate me the most are kind of related, which is Frankenstein and Pinocchio. They are both about creatures that are created and then get lost in a world they don't understand. And they are both journeys of understanding, and journeys of evolution of the spirit. When we started working on Pinocchio we knew very clearly that we wanted to make it different in the sense that it is not just a fairy tale but a fairy tale that actually moves you and emotionally affects you. It deals with ideas that are relevant to everyone, to all mankind in a way."
What We Should Expect From The New Pinocchio
Entertainment Weekly goes on to reveal that the revamped retelling of Pinocchio takes place in 1930s Italy, and co-production designer Guy Davis is pulling out all the stops - even looking up to Gris Grimly's ideas for Pinocchio. Del Toro is putting himself on triple duty; he is serving as a co-director with Mark Gustafson (known for his efforts on Fantastic Mr. Fox), co-writing with Patrick McHale (known for his efforts on Over The Garden Wall), and co-producing the movie.
If you want to check out where Pinocchio all began, check out the 1940 movie on Disney+.
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