Guillermo del Toro has signed up some of Hollywood’s biggest names for this forthcoming stop-motion animated musical Pinocchio.
The film, which is being released on Netflix, will features the voices of Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto.
Other cast includes Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson and Burn Gorman.
Drawing on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, the stop motion musical follows the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s Pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.
Del Toro is directing, wrote the script and has even penned some lyrics for the songs.
The film is a lifelong passion project of del Toro, and is set to debut in cinemas and on Netflix.
“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. 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,” said del Toro.