Deadline reports Colin Farrell is in talks to join Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton.
Farrell is being eyed to play Volt, the father of the two children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Will Smith was previously in negotiating for the role but exited to the project due to scheduling and salary conflicts. Now that Smith is out, the studio is looking for another big star to fill the role.
If Farrell takes the job he’ll join Danny Devito and Eva Greene in the film. DeVito was recently reported to be circling the role of a circus owner named Medici whose show is acquired by the film’s antagonist, a big top circus owner named Vandemere. Greene is in talks to play a trapeze artist employed under Vandemere.
The film is expected to begin production soon with a script written by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction) who is also producing the film along with TRON: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer. As of now, no release date has been set.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the live-action remake of Dumbo as we learn it.
Top 10 Disney Properties That Could Become Live-Action
Disney has become known for dominating the box office with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and their record-breaking animated features. It didn’t take long for these Disney animated classics to become live-action epics on the big screen. Just in the past few years, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have all been given the live-action treatment and as a result, have become critical and financial successes. If it’s not broken, why fix it?
The upcoming line-up for live-action remakes includes many popular Disney properties such as; Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Cruella and Maleficent 2. With Disney having such a large animated catalog, these remakes inspired a question. What Disney properties are left that need the live-action treatment? This countdown features the top ten Disney properties that could receive the live-action treatment.
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