Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’: Joseph Gordon Levitt to play Jiminy Cricket opposite Tom Hanks

Robert Zemeckis is directing the live-action film, which will also star Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been chosen to voice Jiminy Cricket in Disney live action Pinocchio movie, while Cynthia erivo is set up to play the Blue Fairy.

Robert Zemeckis is directing the movie, which stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto, the kindly old man who creates Pinocchio, who will be played by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Flora and Ulysses). The Blue Fairy is a magical being who fulfills Geppetto’s wish and transforms Pinocchio into a real boy before accompanying him and Jiminy Cricket on some of their adventures.

Elsewhere, Keegan-Michael Key (Toy story 4) has signed on to voice Honest John, while the Oscar-nominated actress Lorraine bracco (good friends) will lend his deep voice to the new character of Sofia the Seagull. From Disney Beauty and the Beast star Luke evans the coach will play.


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Zemeckis will direct from a script he co-wrote with. Chris Weitz, and the Oscar-winning filmmaker will combine live action with state-of-the-art visuals. Weitz and his longtime partner Andrew Miano Will produce Pinocchio via its depth of field banner along with Zemeckis company Imagemovers. Production is scheduled to begin next month in the UK and the film is expected to premiere on Disney + sometime next year.

Gordon-Levitt is perfectly cast here as he casts Big Jiminy Cricket Energy, and I love that Erivo was cast as the Blue Fairy, depicted as white and blonde in the 1940 Disney animated film. There is simply no reason. why the blue fairy can’t be black, so I applaud the studio’s effort to diversify the cast.

Erivo is coming off a couple of Oscar nominations for Harriet, and was last seen in The foreigner on HBO, while Gordon-Levitt recently starred in a couple of Netflix movies: Project power and the streamer’s Oscar contender The Chicago 7 trial. Both actors also have new TV shows on the way, as Gordon-Levitt stars in the Apple TV + series. Mr corman, while Erivo plays Aretha Franklin at NatGeo’s Genius. TheWrap broke the news of her casting.

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