Roberto Benigni as Geppetto and Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio

We cannot tell a lie… a new Pinocchio is coming to theaters Christmas Day.

This adaptation of the classic story stars Oscar winner Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful) as Geppetto. Newcomer Federico Ielapi plays Pinocchio.

The Italian production gained success in the UK over the summer with a special English-language release. UK audiences brought in over $1 million in box office sales for the movie. Now, Roadside Attractions hopes to make Pinocchio a similar splash in the US.

“We love the emotional and fantastical storytelling of this new Pinocchio, and, with what’s shaping up to be a challenging holiday season for families, we think this English language version will be a welcoming escape for any kids and parents with a nose for adventure and mischief,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.

Pinocchio follows the events outlined in Carlo Collodi’s classic novel. In the movie, woodcarver Geppetto creates the puppet Pinocchio, who magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another, getting tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures – from the belly of a giant fish, to the Land Of Toys and the Field Of Miracles. 

The story of Pinocchio has been translated into over 300 languages since 1883. There have been plenty of adaptations over the years. However, few could boast such an award-winning cast and crew.

In addition to Garrone’s acting Oscar, this version of Pinocchio also brings in Academy Award winners Mark Coulier and Dario Marianelli. Makeup artist Coulier (The Iron Lady, The Grand Budapest Hotel) brought the puppet and his friends to life. Meanwhile, composer Marianelli (Paddington 2, Atonement) wrote the original score.

Alida Baldari Calabria as The Little Fairy and Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio

Pinocchio releases in select theaters across the US on December 25.

Until then, check back to THS for more updates.

Source: Roadside Attractions