Disney casts Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans in new Pinocchio movie

Dan Seddon
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Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images

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Disney+'s live-action Pinocchio remake will officially feature Luke Evans.

Known for his roles in the likes of High Rise, The Pembrokeshire Murders, Beauty and the Beast and The Hobbit, Evans joins two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the project, which is being directed by the great Robert Zemeckis.

Evans' casting as The Coachman was announced via Deadline.

Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images

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This movie is one of two Pinocchio films currently in the works, with Netflix teaming up with Guillermo del Toro for a stop-motion animation version.

Boasting the vocal talents of Ewan McGregor, Game of Thrones villain David Bradley, Ron Perlman, Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Christoph Waltz, the 'Battle of the Wooden Boys' is on.

Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan / Contributor - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan / Contributor - Getty Images

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Del Toro previously said of his "dream" project: "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."

Expect Disney+'s Pinocchio to arrive on screen next year, while Netflix's take on the tale is scheduled for release some time in 2021.

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