One of the upcoming live-action Disney films is the beloved classic Dumbo, which will be directed by Batman director Tim Burton. The project may have just found its first actor as Suicide Squad start Will Smith is in talks to star in the film. The script is being written by Transformers writer Ehren Kruger.
In addition, Variety is reporting that Tom Hanks has been offered to play the villain in the film. However, they do point out that there is the chance Hanks will pass on it due to other commitments.
Also hearing Tom Hanks has offer for villain but is more likely to do his WWII pic GREY HOUND instead
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 11, 2017
This is just one of many live-action films that Disney has in the works based on the classic animated films. Beauty and the Beast will be coming out on March 17 starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (Legion).
The slate also consists of these projects that are in development:
–Mulan, which has a release date set for November 2, 2018.
-The sequel to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
-Favreau’s The Lion King
-An untitled sequel to Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent.
–Snow White with The Girl on the Train scribe Erin Cressida Wilson.
-Emma Stone is set to play Cruella De Vil in a Cruella origin movie with Alex Timbers reportedly directing the film.
Disney’s Dumbo currently has no set release date.