Welsh actor Luke Evans has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Pinocchio.
Evans, best known for starring in Fast and Furious and Beauty and the Beast, will star alongside Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks, who will play Geppetto in the film, Deadline reported.
Robert Zemeckis, who previously worked with Hanks on critically acclaimed features like Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and Polar Express, will lead the project. Chris Weitz wrote the script with Zemeckis. The writer will also produce the film with Andrew Miano through Depth of Field.
Disney’s original film, released in 1940, is based on the 1883 Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
The animated feature focuses on a woodcarver named Geppetto who is carving a wooden doll brought to life by a fairy and who says that if he proves to be “brave, honest and selfless” he will become a real boy.
The project is the latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes of its animated films including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King.
Evans recently completed filming on Hulu’s miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers with Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman.
He will also star in a prequel series to Beauty and the Beast with Josh Gad. The show will debut on the streamer Disney Plus.