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25 August

25 August

Sounds of Musical Theatre

ARE TWO PINOCCHIOS BETTER THAN ONE?:. Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett are among those cast in Netflixs new animated musical Pinocchio, which is set to be directed by veteran creative Guillermo Del Toro. Based on childrens novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi of Florence, the piece follows a young puppet who is brought to life.

Del Toros version will be set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolinis Italy. It is set to star Ewan McGregor as Cricket, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, David Bradley as Gepetto and Finn Wolfhard, with newcomer Gregory Mann in the titular role. Aside from Cricket, Pinocchio and Gepetto, the character list is to be revealed.

The new animated musical film is not associated with the Disney film of the same name (which was recently brought to the stage at the National Theatre). A live-action adaptation of Pinocchio being produced by Disney and directed by Robert Zemeckis (who worked on the recent Back to the Future musical) is reportedly in the works, with Tom Hanks in talks to play Gepetto. .

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