Disney's live-action adaptations of their own classic animated films have almost become a sure fire hit at the box office, with Beauty and the Beast continuing its global domination. This has emboldened the Mouse House to dig deeper into the Disney vault, and one of the films slated for the live-action treatment is 1941's Dumbo. Set to be directed by Tim Burton, the film has been slowly building its cast, and Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join Dumbo. But who is he playing? The mouse? One of the crows? (jk, there's no way those crows are in this movie).
According to Deadline, Colin Farrell is in early negotiations to join the cast of Disney's live action Dumbo. Farrell would reportedly play a widowed Kentucky father of two children. No other details were given, but considering the circus setting of Dumbo, Farrell's character most likely takes his kids to see Dumbo perform and things take off from there.
Colin Farrell would join a cast that so far includes Eva Green and Danny Devito. Devito reportedly plays Medici, the owner of a small circus that is absorbed by a larger nefarious one run by the film's villain, Vandemere. Green portrays Colette, a French trapeze artist who works at Vandemere's circus. There has yet to be any word on how Dumbo himself factors into all this, but -- like the rest of these Disney remakes -- the film has a very solid looking cast so far.
Colin Farrell should make a nice addition to Dumbo, and he already has a previously relationship with Disney. Farrell portrayed the optimistic but troubled father of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. The film was released in 2013 and went on to make $117 million at the box office.
The original Dumbo followed the story of a baby elephant with humongous ears, which grant him the ability to fly like a bird. He gets in various misadventures in order to free his mother from what is essentially circus jail, like learning to fly from racially stereotypical crows and getting totally wasted. Obviously, the remake would be in for some heavy modernization, which it seems to be doing by fleshing out the human cast.
Dumbo will be directed by Tim Burton with a screenplay by Ehren Kruger. The film currently does not have a release date, but stick with CinemaBlend for all future updates. To learns more about all the upcoming Disney movies, take a gander at the list we've compiled right here.
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