Michael Keaton is in talks to play the villain in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic Dumbo, Variety reports.
If Keaton takes the role he will reunite with his Batman and Beetlejuice director Tim Burton who is helming the live-action adaptation for the studio. Keaton would play the big top circus owner named Vandemere.
Keaton would also join Danny Devito and Eva Greene in the film. DeVito was reported last month to be circling the role of a circus owner named Medici whose show is acquired by Vandemere while Greene is being considered 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 the last few months. Following Will Smith’s exit, the studio began eyeing Colin Farrell to play Volt, the father of the two children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Tom Hanks was also reportedly offered the role of Vandemere back in January.
The live-action remake is expected to begin production soon. The script has been penned by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction) who is also producing the film along with TRON: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer. Currently, the film does not have a release date.
Keaton will next be seen as the villain in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming which swings into theaters on July 7.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Dumbo as we learn it.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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