Michael Keaton stopped by Good Morning America earlier this week to promote his role as The Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming when he confirmed he is indeed set to play the villain in the live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic Dumbo.
The actor will reunite with his Batman and Beetlejuice director Tim Burton who is helming the live-action adaptation for the studio. Keaton will play the big top circus owner named Vandemere.
Keaton may also reunite with his Batman Returns co-star Danny Devito in the film. DeVito was reported in March to have begun negotiations to take on the role of the circus owner Medici whose show is acquired by Vandemere while Eva Greene was also reported to be eyed to play a trapeze artist employed under the circus owner.
Disney has been struggling some to fill out the cast for the Dumbo remake with A-list stars for a while now. Tom Hanks was reportedly offered the role of Vandemere back in January. After that Will Smith dropped out of negotiations to play Volt, the father of the two children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Following Smith’s exit, the studio began eyeing Colin Farrell to play Volt, but the actor has yet to be confirmed.
The script for the live-action Dumbo has been penned by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction) who is also producing the film along with TRON: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer.