Ewan McGregor to star in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio

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Photo credits from top left, clockwise to bottom left: Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, David M. Benett / Dave Benett / Getty Images for BFI, Joe Scarnici / FilmMagic / Getty Images , Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Noam Galai / Getty Images, Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, Gary Gershoff / Getty Images, Isa Foltin / WireImage / Getty Images

Photo credits from top left, clockwise to bottom left: Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, David M. Benett / Dave Benett / Getty Images for BFI, Joe Scarnici / FilmMagic / Getty Images , Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Noam Galai / Getty Images, Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, Gary Gershoff / Getty Images, Isa Foltin / WireImage / Getty Images
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Among the great Pantheon of Movies Guillermo Del Toro Sporte He’s Going To Move To Do, One Of These Days, the director’s legendary production. Pinocchio must be somewhere near the top. (It’s no To the mountains of madness, sure, but given that the project dates back to around 2008, it’s still a long time to be imagined.) Now, however, it looks like Del Toro’s stop-motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic from 1883 or well and good moving forward, courtesy of Netflix– and, damn, but it’s a good casting for a Pinocchio film.

Aside from newcomer Gregory Mann as the Wooden Kid himself, the cast list Netflix released today is pretty much just a big bucket of ringtones, from Ewa.n McGregor as “The Talking Cricket,” to Tilda Swinton as “The Turquoise Haired Fairy,” to Christoph Waltz as the villainous Fox and Cat. Counting Waltz, Swinton and Cate Blanchett (in a not-yet-announced part), these are three Oscar winners right there, not to mention John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Finn Wolfhard, and Burn Gorman – more Harry Potter the former David Bradley as Gepetto; and Del Toro’s favorite Ron Perlman as the evil puppet master Mangiafuoco. (The villain from the middle of the Stromboli movie, if you only know the Disney movie.)

If that was anyone else’s take on the story, we’d say this cast is probably Too Damn Good for a Pinocchio movie. (After all, is not such a bland part as Geppetto more speed from Drew Carey?) But Del Toro – who hasn’t directed a movie since winning Best Picture The shape of water—Has definitely gained a mutual passion for his passionate projects like this one, especially since his interpretation of the film (shot during Mussolini’s Italy and co-directed by The fantastic Mr. Fox‘s Mark Gustafson) sounds legitimately fascinating, to boot.

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