Ewan McGregor’s Role In Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio Has Been Revealed

Lawrence Kim
June 17, 2020

Ewan shared: 'I'm playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro's version of Pinocchio.

After Moulin Rouge, it seemed a real shame that Ewan McGregor didn't instantly become the musical movie heartthrob he seemed destined to be.

In an interview with Ace Universe, McGregor talked about his work prior to the global pandemic shutdown and revealed he was halfway through filming in NY on the series Halston for Netflix as well as del Toro's version of the puppet brought to life by a magic wish before returning to California for quarantine. Now, we have word that McGregor has boarded the project, voicing the character Jiminy Cricket. At which time, the actor made a decision to casually reveal that he is playing a key role in Pinocchio. Here's what McGregor had to say about it. McGregor teased that he had already recorded some of the dialogue for the film before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shut down productions across the world, but that there "may or may not be a song that has to be recorded".

"I had started working on [Pinocchio] before I left for NY, so some of that is recorded", he said, while admitting that the way that the film is being made, via stop-motion, will logically mean that it might be a very long time before we can see the film. That's right! Everyone's favorite Jedi and veteran actor Ewan McGregor will take over the voice role of Jiminy Cricket in the animated remake of the classic 1940's Disney film. "I'm not sure I'm at liberty to discuss that", McGregor teased during the interview, beginning around the 2-minute mark. But my first part, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done.

Pinocchio - based not on the Disney animated film, but the Carlo Collodi story - has always been a labor of love for del Toro, toiling alongside many of his other scrapped projects in development hell until Netflix agreed to finance it and give the director creative control. The Jim Henson Company, which recently produced Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix, has also partnered with del Toro for the project.

This comes almost a year after the pair's eldest daughter Clara, 24, referred to Ewan's girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 35, as "a piece of trash" on Instagram. McGregor also played the DC villain Black Mask in this year's Birds of Prey.

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