Announced back in 2014, Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo made headlines in January when Will Smith was said to be in early talks to star. (Smith later backed out so that he could be in Bad Boys for Life, which I think we can all agree is a good thing.) Now more casting news has come to light – according to The Hollywood Reporter, both Eva Green and Danny DeVito are currently in talks to join the project.
The new film will feature four human leads alongside a presumably CGI elephant. While the plot has yet to be revealed, it seems that the story will be very different to the original 1941 movie – focusing more heavily on the circus itself. While Green will apparently star as a trapeze artist who works in the same circus as the eponymous elephant, DeVito will reportedly be playing ‘Medici’ – the head of said circus who gets bought out by the “evil big-top villain, Vandemere.”
Disney seems to be on a bit of a live-action-reboot kick at the minute. We’ve already had Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Jon Favreau’s CGI heavy adaptation of The Jungle Book – and there are many more in the works. While a shot-for-shot remake would be difficult to do both in terms of practicality and content (elements of the original are… dated to say the least), it remains to be seen what Burton’s version of the movie will be like.
The only question is: who is Johnny Depp going to play?