Welsh actor Luke Evans lands role in Disney’s Pinocchio alongside Tom Hanks

Luke Evans. Photo by Sean Reynolds

Welsh actor Luke Evans has landed a role alongside Tom Hanks in the Disney film Pinocchio.

The Hobbit actor will play the villainous Coachman in the upcoming live action remake, while Hanks is attached as Geppetto, in the Disney+ production, according to Hollywood online news site Deadline.

This will not be the first time for Evans who hails from Aberbargoed, a small village in the Rhymney Valley, to feature in a Disney remake, after he famously portrayed the egotistical Gaston in 2017‘s Beauty and the Beast remake opposite Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The film broke the one billion dollar mark in the worldwide box office.

Pinocchio is set to be directed by Robert Zemeckis, the director of Forrest Gump, and like the 1940 animated classic, it will explore the tale of an enchanted puppet who longs to become a real boy.

The Coachman will be one of several characters who try to harm and exploit Pinocchio for their personal gain.

The film, which was recently announced at Disney Investor Day in December, is written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz, and it is destined for the on streaming service Disney+, not theatres.

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