With Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming live-action Pinocchio reboot currently in development for the Disney+ streaming service, it looks like the film as cast one of its villains.
According to Deadline, Disney has hired Luke Evans to play the villainous Coachman in the film, alongside Tom Hanks who will star as Geppetto, the woodcarver and ‘father’ of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy. In Pinocchio, the Coachman picks up children and ships them to Pleasure Island to be transformed into donkeys and later sold off.
Evans is no stranger to playing a villainous character in a Disney project as the actor has previously portrayed Gaston in the Beauty and the Beast 2016 reboot, and is set to reprise this role once again alongside Josh Gad’s LeFou in the upcoming Disney+ prequel series.
While we don’t know when Pinocchio will be released, we do know the reboot will be directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) from a script co-wrote by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz, who penned Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 reboot of Disney’s Cinderella.