Ewan McGregor Will Voice Jiminy Cricket in the Upcoming “Pinocchio”
You might be thinking, Ewan McGregor as a Disney character? He’s Obi Wan right? But, the reality is that McGregor has voiced several Disney favorites. Most recently, he was Lumiere in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and now he will be everyone’s favorite conscience, Jiminy Cricket, in Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion film “Pinocchio”.
McGregor revealed his new role in an interview with Fandom. He said that they had already recorded some of the dialogue for the film before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production. He teased there “may or may not be a song that has to be recorded”.
“I’m playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchio. That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded. And of course it’s stop-motion animated so it’s going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done. There may or may not be a song that has to be recorded. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to discuss that.” (slashfilm.com)
Del Toro has adopted a much less Disney friendly version of Pinocchio. This Pinocchio will be more like the original story, a little dark and slightly creepy in nature. Since it will air on Netflix, Del Toro has been given quite a bit of creative autonomy for the film.
When the project was announced for Netflix, Del Toro said: “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”
Pinocchio is scheduled for sometime in 2021.
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