Pinocchio trailer: Director Matteo Garrone brings the classic tale back to our screens

Pinocchio (2019)
Dir: Matteo Garrone | Cast: Gigi Proietti, Marcello Fonte, Marine Vacth, Roberto Benigni | Writers: Carlo Collodi (novel), Matteo Garrone (screenplay)

Disney are currently in the midst of remaking all of their classic animations into 'live' adaptations, but Italian director Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio will be on cinema screens way before Disney's version (if Disney remake it all). Garrone is more known for gritty, arthouse dramas like Gomorrah and Dogman that have seen him become a Cannes favourite, but he does have previous for making fantasy-style films. 2012's Reality dipped a toe into the form, while his next film, Tale of Tales, was a full-blown fantasy epic starring a strong cast.

While this trailer for Pinocchio doesn't feature any English subtitles just yet, you get a sense of the style and tone of the film. And unlike Disney, his version will not just be aimed squarely at children, as Garrone has been quoted as saying he wants to make “a horror film for the whole family". Taking the lead role will be Oscar winning director Roberto Benigni, who also helmed his own version of the story back in 2002.

Also in the cast are Gigi Proietti, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini, Matilda De Angelis, Alida Baldari Calabria, Alessio Di Domenicantonio, Maria Pia Timo and Davide Marotta.

Pinocchio opens in Italian cinemas on Christmas Day this year, and we expect it to arrive in the UK at some point next year.

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