We wished upon a star, we got Tom Hanks – that feels like a result (Picture: Getty/Walt Disney Studios)
Releasing the image on Wednesday, Oscar-winner Tom is shown as one of Disney’s most classic characters, the elderly wood-carver Geppetto, who builds and treats the puppet Pinocchio as if he were his own son.
This initial peek at the movie shows Disney looks to be staying faithful to the look of the characters it created for its iconic 1940 animation.
The Saving Private Ryan star is seen with a full mop of curly white hair and an impressive moustache, decked out in Geppetto’s brown shirt and waistcoat, bending over to take a look at his latest creation in his workshop.
Pinocchio stares back, gorgeously lit by candlelight, and the spit of his original form for Disney, right down to his yellow hat, with a blue band and red feather.
Promising a whole lot of tears, emotion and nostalgia (as well as the potential for some scary scenes), the adaptation is directed by Robert Zemeckis and scheduled to stream exclusively on Disney Plus in September.
It looks like it will be sticking close to the character design of over 80 years ago (Picture: Walt Disney Studios)
The same scene from the 1940 classic (Picture: Disney)
Disney has also confirmed the casting of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as the titular puppet turned ‘real boy’, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as everyone’s favourite iteration of their conscience, Jiminy Cricket and Keegan-Michael Key as the dastardly ‘Honest’ John (boo hiss!).
Lorraine Bracco features as new character, Sofia the Seagull, while Luke Evans, whose Gaston prequel series was recently put on hold by the studio, is The Coachman.
According to Deadline, Tom was actually the one to reach out to director Robert about a role in the anticipated animation, and with this first image out in the world, we’re probably just as invested now as he is.
Yes, we’re invested in Tom as Geppetto, okay? (Picture: Broadimage/Rex/Shutterstock)
The 1940 film won Disney two Oscars for its music (Picture: Disney)
The pair previously teamed up for 1994’s Forrest Gump, Cast Away in 2000 and 2004’s The Polar Express.
The original Pinocchio, released in 1940, was based on Carlo Collodi’s children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Another of the Toy Story actor’s upcoming parts creating buzz (if you’ll pardon the pun) is that of Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic.
The Moulin Rogue director recently teased that fans can expect to see a whole new side to the popular Hollywood star as he ‘plays a new string on his instrument’, which Baz described as ‘thrilling to see’ to CinemaBlend.
Elvis, starring Austin Butler as the iconic King of Rock and Roll, will hit cinemas on June 24.
Pinocchio is set to be released on Disney Plus in September 2022.