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Luke Evans and Tom Hanks Pull No Strings in ‘Pinocchio’

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There’s yet another “Pinocchio” on the way. You remember it, right? The 1940 classic Disney animated film, the story of a wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy? Well, after the strange debacle of Roberto Benigni’s live-action version, and then a 2019 version that somehow also starred Roberto Benigni, Robert Zemeckis (“Back to The Future”) has a live-action take in the works for Disney+. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto in this one, and now Luke Evans (Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”) has joined the cast, as well. Evans is a busy one these days, starring in “Crisis” opposite Gary Oldman, and the Hulu series “Nine Perfect Strangers” opposite Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman. He’ll play The Coachman here, perhaps opposite an animated Pinocchio (we assume anyway, if we can glean anything from Zemeckis’ tech-obsessed output over the years). But the question remains: will Benigni be offered a role? That man needs a hat-trick.

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