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A first look at the upcoming adaptation of “Pinocchio” by Guillermo del Toro is here.
On Wednesday, Netflix released the official trailer for the stop-motion animated film slated for release in December. The film will briefly hit theaters in November before hitting the streaming service the following month.
Gregory Mann will take on the title role with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto.
“Pinocchio” will also star Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro. Del Torro is co-directing the film with Mark Gustafson.
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The Oscar-winning director’s adaptation isn’t to be confused with the live-action “Pinocchio” starring Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Luke Evans and Cynthia Erivo coming in September.
Del Toro’s “Pinocchio” shows a wooden boy growing up in 1930s Italy during the rise of fascism, which del Toro describes in a June Vanity Fair story as “an environment in which citizens behave with obedient fidelity. , almost like a puppet”.
“Several times the fable seemed to me in favor of obedience and the domestication of the soul,” he added.
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“Blind obedience is not a virtue. Pinocchio’s virtue is to disobey. not tell the same story. . I want to tell it in my way and in my way of understanding the world.”
The filmmaker noted that he would not incorporate “Pinocchio” going from a “real boy” to a wooden toy. “For me, it’s essential to counter the idea that you have to turn into a child of flesh and blood to be a real human,” del Toro said.
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“All you need to be human is to really behave like one, you know? I never believed that transformation [should] be required to win love.”