Dumbo (2019 film)
|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Screenplay by||Ehren Kruger|
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Edited by||Chris Lebenzon|
Walt Disney Studios|
Dumbo is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton and written by Ehren Kruger. It is loosely inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name, which, in turn, was based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.
Plans of a live-action Dumbo remake were announced in 2014 and Burton was confirmed as director in March 2015. Much of the cast signed on in March 2017 and principal photography began in July of that year in the United Kingdom, lasting until November.
- Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a one-armed war veteran and former circus star from Kentucky who is hired by Medici to care for the newborn elephant, whom his two children befriend.
- Michael Keaton as V.A. Vandevere, a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur who acquires a circus to exploit the titular elephant.
- Danny DeVito as Max Medici, the circus owner who runs a small circus that gets acquired by Vandevere.
- Eva Green as Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the circus.
- Alan Arkin as J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon.
- Nico Parker as Milly Farrier, Holt's daughter
- Finley Hobbins as Joe Farrier, Holt's son
- DeObia Oparei as Rongo
- Joseph Gatt as Neils Skellig
- Sharon Rooney as Miss Atlantis
Additionally, Roshan Seth and Douglas Reith appear in undisclosed roles.
On July 8, 2014, it was announced that a live-action adaptation of Dumbo was in development for Walt Disney Pictures. Ehren Kruger was confirmed as the screenwriter, and Justin Springer will serve as the producer along with Kruger. On March 10, 2015, Tim Burton was announced as the director. On July 15, 2017, Disney announced that Dumbo would be released on March 29, 2019.
In January 2017, it was announced that Will Smith was "in talks" to play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. However, Smith later passed on the role due to "scheduling conflicts" among other reasons. Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also offered the role but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast.
In March 2017, Eva Green and Danny DeVito joined the cast. In April 2017, Michael Keaton joined the cast, rounding out the few prominent adult live-action roles. Tom Hanks was reportedly in discussions for the role before Keaton was cast. During the summer of 2017, DeObia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, and Alan Arkin joined the film.
The first trailer was released on June 13, 2018.
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