After bringing the iconic Disney villain Gaston to life in the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adaptation, Luke Evans is set for yet another chilling antagonist; The actor joins Tom Hanks in Robert Zemeckis’ directed version of Pinocchio, in which he will play the coachman, according to Deadline.
Hanks had previously been in talks for the role of Geppetto two years earlier when ‘Paddington’ Director Paul King was assigned to co-write and direct the film, but once King left the Hanks deal, he dropped it. Sources previously reported that the new deal with the ‘Forrest Gump’ protagonist is in very early negotiations, but having read the script co-written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’), he stated his interest in starring in the project.
The collaboration between Zemeckis and Hanks dates back 26 years, when the filmmaker enlisted the actor to play Forrest Gump, earning Hanks the second straight statuette. Then came “Naúfrago,” which earned Hanks another Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win, followed by the Christmas cult classic “The Polar Express.”
Pinocchio will focus on Wooden Lingley, who dreams of being a “real boy,” and the father-son bond he has with Gepetto, the consequences of lying, making up stories and living in a fantasy world.
Originally, Pinocchio is based on the 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, landed in theaters in 1940 and gained two Academy Awards.
We recently had the Italian version of the story directed by Matteo Garrone and starring Roberto Benigni. Guillermo del Toro is also preparing a version of the story for Netflix.
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