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16 November

16 November

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PINOCCHIO PLANNED FOR HOUSE OF MOUSE+: As part of its bumper Disney Plus Day, the House of Mouse has revealed more plans about its upcoming live-action version of beloved animation Pinocchio. Confirming the casting of Tom Hanks (Geppetto), Cynthia Erivo (Blue Fairy, who was also just announced as leading the Wicked movie), Luke Evans (the Coachman) and the voices of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jiminy Cricket), Keegan-Michael Key (Honest John) and Lorraine Bracco (Sofia the Seagull), Disney also stated the film will be directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). The film will feature the originals classic songs (When You Wish Upon a Star, Give a Little Whistle, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee, and Ive Got No Strings), and new musical numbers written by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard.

It was reported that due to the less-than-expected box office numbers from Dumbo and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Disney has decided Pinocchio will arrive on Disney Plus in the autumn of 2022. The company also confirmed that the sequel to Enchanted, naturally titled, Disenchanted, will premiere in Autumn 2022, while providing a first look at the new Hocus Pocus sequel (also premiering in a similar timeframe). Enchanted was added to the streaming platform last week.

Pinocchio was brought to the stage in 2017, co-produced by Disney and the National Theatre, with book by Dennis Kelly and direction by John Tiffany.

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