Tom Hanks transforms into Geppetto in new trailer for live-action Pinocchio

Tom Hanks stars in a magical new trailer for the live-action remake of Pinocchio.

The 65-year-old movie star was chosen for the role of Geppetto, the village puppeteer who prays that one of his creations becomes a reality.

The trailer opens with Geppetto sitting by the window before bed, making a wish on a star – recreating the iconic scene from the original animated classic.

Wow: Tom Hanks is barely recognizable in new trailer for live-action Pinocchio live-action remake

Wow: Tom Hanks is barely recognizable in new trailer for live-action Pinocchio live-action remake

“Starlight, starlight, the first star I saw tonight, I wish I could, I wish I could, my wish is fulfilled tonight,” says the live-action Geppetto, like a cartoon.

Afterwards, audiences will hear some haunting melodies from a new version of When You Wish upon a Star, recorded especially for the new film.

In the live-action remake, the figure will be played by Cynthia Erivo, who takes on the unforgettable role of the Blue Fairy.

After some tantalizing glimpses of Geppetto working in his studio, the trailer finally gives viewers a glimpse of some of the other characters as well.

Iconic: At the beginning of the trailer, Geppetto sits by the window before bed, making a wish to the stars - recreating an iconic scene from the original animated classic

Iconic: At the beginning of the trailer, Geppetto sits by the window before bed, making a wish to the stars – recreating an iconic scene from the original animated classic

Memorable rhyme:

Memorable rhyme: “Starlight, starlight, the first star I saw tonight, I wish I could, I wish I could, tonight I wish I wish,” says the live-action Geppetto, like a cartoon Same

Here He Comes: After some tantalizing glimpses of Geppetto working in his studio, the trailer finally gives viewers a glimpse of some of the other characters too

Here He Comes: After some tantalizing glimpses of Geppetto working in his studio, the trailer finally gives viewers a glimpse of some of the other characters too

Cynthia’s blue fairy briefly appeared in Geppetto’s studio, where his puppet Pinocchio was magically resurrected.

Geppetto made a wish to a star, and the star was only halfway to the puppet’s charm, making him sentient but still wood.

Pinocchio then spent the film on his quest to fulfill his creator’s hopes and become a real-life flesh-and-blood boy.

For the live-action remake, Pinocchio is voiced by 13-year-old Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, a child actor from England who played in Emmerdale.

Working her magic: Cynthia Erivo's blue fairy briefly appears in Geppetto's studio, his puppet Pinocchio magically comes to life

Working her magic: Cynthia Erivo’s blue fairy briefly appears in Geppetto’s studio, his puppet Pinocchio magically comes to life

Handmade: Geppetto wishes to a star whose charm is only half as good on the puppet, making him sentient but still wood

Handmade: Geppetto wishes to a star whose charm is only half as good on the puppet, making him sentient but still wood

Unmistakable: Jiminy the Cricket, the insect that became Pinocchio's 'conscience' and voiced in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new film, makes multiple appearances in trailer

Unmistakable: Jiminy the Cricket, the insect that became Pinocchio’s ‘conscience’ and voiced in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film, makes multiple appearances in trailer

Robert Zemeckis, who is directing the new film, is working with Chris Waits, who wrote the screenplay for Disney’s 2015 live-action remake of Cinderella.

Although Pinocchio himself was not noticed in the new trailer, several other characters did appear soon.

Jimmy Cricket, the insect who became Pinocchio’s “conscience” and voiced in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film, makes multiple appearances.

At one point, he seemed to narrowly avoid being eaten by Sophia the Seagull, a character voiced by Goodfellas star Lorraine Bracco.

What a cast: At one point he seemed to narrowly avoid being eaten by Sophia the Seagull, a character voiced by Goodfellas star Lorraine Bracco

What a cast: At one point he seemed to narrowly avoid being eaten by Sophia the Seagull, a character voiced by Goodfellas star Lorraine Bracco

Furry Demons: There's also

Furry Demons: There’s also “Honest John,” the two-faced fox voiced by sketch comedy star Keegan-Michael Key and his partner cat Gideon

In another scene, Sofia helps Jimmy pull Geppetto’s boat across the water with a rope, with Jimmy holding on to the rope.

Big Hobbit Luke Evans plays a villain called “The Coachman” in the trailer.

The same goes for “Honest John,” the two-faced fox voiced by sketch comedy star Keegan-Michael Key and his partner cat Gideon.

Geppetto’s pet goldfish, Cleo, can even be seen floating in her tank, and he and her walk into the rain in search of Pinocchio.

Late into the night: Geppetto's pet goldfish, Cleo, can even be seen floating in her tank, and he and her walk into the rain in search of Pinocchio

Late into the night: Geppetto’s pet goldfish, Cleo, can even be seen floating in her tank, and he and her walk into the rain in search of Pinocchio

Nap: Puppet maker's mischievous cat Figaro, apparently CGI-rendered live-action remake, can also be spotted hanging out at home

Nap: Puppet maker’s mischievous cat Figaro, apparently CGI-rendered live-action remake, can also be spotted hanging out at home

Is that Stromboli? : One of the characters briefly shown in the trailer appears to be the villainous puppeteer, in contrast to the sweet and gentle Geppetto

Is that Stromboli? : One of the characters briefly shown in the trailer appears to be the villainous puppeteer, in contrast to the sweet and gentle Geppetto

The puppet maker’s mischievous cat Figaro, apparently a live-action remake rendered in CGI, can also be seen hanging out at home.

Along with the trailer, Disney also revealed a new poster for the film, which shows a silhouette of Pinocchio trotting alone in the country.

Pinocchio marks the latest collaboration between Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks, whose films include Forrest Gump and The Polar Express.

Robert also reunited with his frequent collaborators, composer Alan Silvestri and cinematographer Don Burgess, for Pinocchio, who will bow on Disney+ on September 8.

Fantastic: Robert Zemeckis is directing the new film, with Chris Weitz, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's 2015 live-action Cinderella remake

Fantastic: Robert Zemeckis is directing the new film, with Chris Weitz, who wrote the script for Disney’s 2015 live-action Cinderella remake

Based on a 19th-century Italian children’s book, the original animated feature was released in 1940, a major success but a commercial flop.

Although the original box office was hampered by World War II, which prevented the film from being released in multiple overseas markets, it was subsequently re-released several times and became a beloved children’s classic.

Pinocchio is played by child actor Dick Jones, while Geppetto is voiced by Austrian-born character actor Christian Rube.

Coming soon: Robert also reunites with his frequent collaborators, composer Alan Silvestri and cinematographer Don Burgess for Pinocchio, which bows on Disney+ on September 8

Coming soon: Robert also reunites with his frequent collaborators, composer Alan Silvestri and cinematographer Don Burgess for Pinocchio, and Pinocchio bows on Disney+ on September 8