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Luke Evans signs for Disney’s new ‘Pinocchio’

After playing Gaston in the 2017 Disney film, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ Luke Evans will play another antagonist in the live-action film to direct Robert Zemeckis, ‘Pinocchio‘. According to Deadline, the actor, who will possibly accompany Tom Hanks in the cast, will play The Coachman, a character who already appeared in the original 1940 film.

‘Paddington’ director Paul Kinge was attached to the film for a time, but the director ended up leaving the project sometime in 2018. Hanks, who will play Geppetto, was said to have jumped ship alongside the director, but the latest news claims that the actor has expressed his interest in starring in the film after having read the script written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz.

The story, known to all, is that of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real child, whose consequences (especially regarding his lies) lead him to live stories immersed in a world full of fantasy. The original film was based on the 1883 novel, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’, by Carlo Collodi, being released in 1940 and winning two Academy Awards.

The director’s last film was ‘The Witches (Roald Dahl)’, a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy children’s novel that stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock. This film hit Spanish theaters on October 30, 2020.

The new project will be produced by Weitz and Andrew Miano through their production label Depth of Field. Regarding its distribution, the film will premiere on Disney +.