Will Smith has been circling the live action Dumbo remake at Disney for some time. When news broke yesterday that Sony had delayed Bad Boys 4, the fourth outing in the Bad Boys franchise, it was thought to be because Mr. Smith was in closing talks with Disney to star in the Dumbo Remake.
Unfortunately, negotiations between Disney and Mr. Smith have come to a close. Deadline reports he will not star in the Tim Burton directed live action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic. The studio will continue to move towards starting production with a script by Ehren Kruger.
Mr. Smith was to play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Insiders have also indicated that Tom Hanks has been offered a role as the villain, however, this has not been confirmed.
Mr. Smith’s exit has been cited due to salary and scheduling conflicts. The actor will next be seen in the Netflix original thriller Bright directed by David Ayer. In addition to starring in Bad Boys For Life set for release November 9, 2018, the actor is also set for a fourth reunion with Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 4 which will see yet another team-up between Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Bennett.