Pinocchio Poster Offers Another Glimpse at the Beloved Disney Character’s Live Action Debut

Following quickly from the release of the first trailer, a new poster further teases the live-action arrival of a beloved Disney character and prospective real boy, Pinocchio. Released via social media by Disney+, the poster offers another look at the title character. While cast in shadow, it’s pretty clear that the live-action Pinocchio in the remake will bear a striking resemblance to his cartoon counterpart.

While the poster for Pinocchio contains all the warm and comforting imagery that one would expect, there is something undeniably creepy about the living puppet’s dead-eyed stare. The creepiness is unlikely to be intentional, so here’s hoping that Pinocchio is less spine-chilling and more endearing in the finished film.

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The Disney live-action remake of Pinocchio finds Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis at the helm for this retelling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy. The remake has a stellar cast on board with Academy Award winner Tom Hanks leading the way as Geppetto, the woodcarver who builds and treats Pinocchio.

The title character will be played by The Sandman star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his “conscience”; Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John; Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco is Sofia the Seagull, a brand-new character created for the movie, and Luke Evans is The Coachman, the sly owner and operator of Pleasure Island. Also in the cast are Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana (and her marionette Sabina), Giuseppe Battiston as Señor Stromboli and Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick.

Pinocchio Will Premiere on Disney+ Later This Year

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Despite the cast and the presence of director Robert Zemeckis, Pinocchio will skip a traditional theatrical release, and will instead premiere on Disney+ later this year. The project is a remake of a much-loved Disney animated classic from 1940, with the live-action take on the story expected to follow many of the same beats. Much like previous Disney live-action remakes The Lion King and Aladdin.

Of course, there will also be some changes along the way. While the remake will be a musical, similarly to its animated predecessor, the new Pinocchio will bring with it some songs of its own. Alan Silvestri, a recurring collaborator of Zemeckis’, will compose the score for the movie, with Silvestri and Glen Ballard set to write new songs for the Disney outing as well as bring back some old classics such as the treasured “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Disney has seen huge success with its strategy of recreating animated classics into live-action. Both The Lion King and Aladdin were huge financial hits for the studio, with both movies bringing in over a billion dollars at the global box office. Disney’s live-action Pinocchio is just one such remake on the horizon, with Disney also intending to bring the likes of Peter Pan & Wendy, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Robin Hood and countless others into the real world.

Pinocchio is instead scheduled to be released on Disney+ on September 8, 2022.