Luke Evans to Play Another Disney Villain in 'Pinocchio' Live-Action Remake

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Out actor Luke Evans will play another bad dude in a Disney movie as he's set to play The Coachman in the company's live-action remake of "Pinocchio," Deadline reports.

The new movie, directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump," "Castaway") and co-written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz, also stars Tom Hanks, who will play Geppetto, and will go to direct to Disney+ and not play in theaters.

Evans previously played the villain Gaston in Disney's remake of "Beauty and the Beast" in 2017. That film sparked controversy when it was revealed that Gaston's sidekick LeFu (Josh Gad) has a crush on Gaston but kisses another male character; a moment that at one point Evans played down.

Last summer, the "Ma" star talked about reprising his Gaston role for a "Beauty and the Beast" prequel series for Disney+. At the time he said he and Gad had heard new music composed by Alan Menken specifically for the series. Offering no details about Menken's new music, nonetheless, Evans said "we are so excited about this," adding that he and Gad have already "read through two or three episodes now." He also hinted at the "smorgasbord of cameos" on the series while keeping the details secret.

"You never know who will pop up on this show," he told Variety.

"Pinocchio" is in a long line of classic animated films that Disney plans to remake as live-action movies. They previous remade "Mulan," "Cinderella," "Dumbo," "The Lion King" and more.