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Remember when there are two versions of it? Pinocchio would we be honored with in 2022? One of them comes from Disney, of course, but the other comes from the acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro . The director of the recently released Nightmare Alley and Shape of Water has a new take on the classic character for Netflix that will definitely turn heads when it comes out next year, that’s for sure.
While speaking to Inverse about his long-term relationship with del Toro, actor Ron Perlman spoke about his involvement in the upcoming stop-motion film. In 2020, we learned that this new take on the character (played by newcomer Gregory Mann) is set in 1930s Italy during Benito Mussolini’s fascism, and Perlman provided some information about what that new setting will entail. “The conceit of the film is that Pinocchio is the perfect soldier because he is not human. So he never doubts orders. He has no fears. He’s invulnerable.”
Pinocchio as a child soldier sounds pretty wild, and Perlman added that his character, Mangiafuoco, will serve as a dark mentor, like an evil Jiminy Cricket. “I play one of the town fathers who is pro-fascist and who tries to manipulate Pinocchio to represent the cause.” Manipulating people is a role that Perlman plays no stranger, so it’s a perfect casting. Since the future real boy is invulnerable and “everything the perfect soldier should be,” fascists would naturally want him on their side to keep the regime in check.
Considering how Perlman’s no stranger to play guys who manipulate people, you can call it a perfect casting. With how often Del Toro’s work explores the twisted family dynamics and complicated relationships, plus his tendency to set movies during real human history, the new Pinocchio sounds like it’s worth a look. (At least more than that Disney remake, which counts for a lot.) But, of course, both films will only serve as appetizers to the actual hot release: that pathetic game where you are Pinocchio with a flamethrower.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will hit Netflix in late 2022.
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