Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton have gotten on board as part of the cast for the remake of ‘Pinocchio’ by Guillermo del Toro for Netflix.
These stars are among other big names that are set to appear in the production of the stop-motion animated musical film, others include Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Christoph Waltz, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Newcomer Gregory Mann is set to star as Pinocchio, with Ewan McGregor voicing Jiminy Cricket, and David Bradley will voice Gepetto for the remake of the film.
This is a passion project for Guillermo del Toro who is directing ‘Pinocchio’ alongside Fantastic Mr. Fox’s animation director Mark Gustafson.
The stop-motion film is set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy and draws on the classic Carlo Collodi tale. Though it will be based on the darker story of ‘Pinocchio’ found in a 2002 book illustrated by Gris Grimly.
The feature follows the journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish, del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.
Speaking on the project, director del Toro said: “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. ” – del Toro said.
del Toro went on to say: “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.”
Working alongside Katz, the director has worked on song lyrics for the film as well as co-writing the script with Patrick McHale.
Other details for the film include the scoring of the animation being done by Alexandre Desplat, while the film’s puppets have been built by Mackinnon and Saunders, who have also worked on Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’.
Netflix revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has not interrupted their production of the film which first started during winter last year. The stop-motion ‘Pinocchio’ film by Guillermo del Toro is set for release in 2021.