With all the exciting news coming from D23 this weekend, Disney gave a bit of a tease about the upcoming Tim Burton live-action adaptation of the 1941 Disney classic Dumbo. Disney has chosen it to be there next film to recreate into a live-action remake and is set for a 2018 release date. While the movie will deviate a bit from the original story, we have learned some who the main actors will be in this portrayal and a little bit about their characters.
The actors and actresses that’s names have been cast so far consist of Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito with two newcomers Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins. While we don’t know much about the movie we do have minor character descriptions for each one. Colin Farrell will be playing Holt Farrier, a former circus star that finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. He is hired by Danny DeVito’s character to care for a newborn elephant, Dumbo, whom his two children befriend (Parker and Hobbins). DeVito will be playing Max Medici, a man who runs a small circus that gets acquired by Keaton’s character. Michael Keaton will be playing V.A. Vandermere, a ruthless businessman who acquires DeVito’s circus to exploit the titular elephant. Finally we have Eva Green, a French trapeze artist who has worked at Devito’s circus and more than likely the love interest to Farrell’s character.
While we don’t know much more than that it still seems to be a good amount of information, especially since we are looking at a March 29th, 2019 release date. Personally I am excited for this take on Dumbo. I think it sounds very interesting and kind of dark, which will I’m sure play well with Burton’s style of storytelling. My hope is Burton won’t try and make it like Alice in Wonderland and make it over the top. I would prefer a darker more realistic type movie. For now that’s all the info we’ve got! Let us know in the comments what you think and if you are looking forward to this take on Disney’s Dumbo!