World premiere of Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro at the London Film Festival

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s next film, Pinocchio, will have its world premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival.

The stop-motion musical animation is based on the tale by Carlo Collodi and will follow the journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by the wish of a puppet maker.

The film, set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy and starring newcomer Gregory Mann and Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, is one of 22 feature films that will debut at the festival in This year.

Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer star in upcoming Western drama The English (Diego Lopez Calvin/BBC/PA)

Also included in the lineup is musician Yungblud’s original short film about self-discovery, titled Mars and featuring Heartstopper favorite Yasmin Finney, who joins the cast of Doctor Who.

So does the whistleblower comedy Klokkenluider with Jenna Coleman and Tom Burke, the partly improvised love story She Is Love with Sam Riley and the dark thriller Inland with Sir Mark Rylance.

Similarly, the collaboration between Oscar winner Asif Kapadia and acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan, Creature, will feature alongside family animation My Father’s Dragon by Nora Twomey and Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Yemi Bamiro is set to return to the festival with his sequel to Michael Jordan’s portrayal of One Man And His Shoes with Super Eagles ’96, about the Nigerian football team.

The festival will also host the world premiere of three new made-for-TV series, including Hugo Blick’s western drama The English, about romance and revenge and starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer.

It follows an aristocratic Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke, played by Blunt, and former Pawnee Nation cavalry scout Eli Whipp, played by Spencer, as they reunite in 1890 America “to traverse a violent landscape built on the dreams and blood”.

The comedy series Mammals, starring James Corden, Sally Hawkins and written by award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth, who wrote the play Jerusalem, will also premiere in the episodic selection.

Likewise, Damian Lewis will reunite with Homeland screenwriter Alexander Cary for the premiere of A Spy Among Friends, exploring the defection of MI6 agent Kim Philby to the Soviet Union.

Damian Lewis (Ian West/PA)

It was previously announced that the world premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will open the London Film Festival.

The European premiere of Glass Onion, the sequel to Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, will close the festival this year.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sir Sam Mendes’ next project, Empire Of Light, starring Olivia Colman, Michael Ward and Colin Firth, will also have its European premiere at the festival.

The total number of world premieres screened at the festival has increased year on year since 2019, rising from 11% to 15% of the feature film programme, he said.

Festival director Tricia Tuttle said: “Galas, competitive features, shorts – across all sections of the program this is perhaps the richest overall selection of world premieres we have had the privilege of hosting. welcome to the BFI London Film Festival, and we want to give these artists a moment in the sun before the full program launches.

“Providing world premieres for themselves is never a goal of our festival for the public, but it is an honor that these filmmakers and artists trust us to help them launch their magnificent work. And it is, at the least in part, thanks to the passion and commitment of our audience.

The 66th BFI London Film Festival runs from October 5-16, with the program kicking off on Thursday.