Dumbo Live Action Remake Cast, Release Date Revealed

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Tim Burton will direct Dumbo, which is expected to be mostly live-action, with some animation involved.

The original animated film opened in theaters on October 23, 1941.

Will Smith had been considering the lead role as Dumbo, but instead, he will play the Genie in Disney's live-action version of Aladdin (another detail that was confirmed at D23).

Fresh off his villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton will also reunite with Burton to play V.A. Vandemere, an evil businessman who wants to exploit Dumbo for his own means. So while he had nothing to offer us in terms of footage, he did send everyone at D23 a kind video message saying that he is in the midst of shooting, and could not wait to show us the entire film.

What's old is new Dumbo will be a live-action version of the 1941 animated Disney classic
What's old is new Dumbo will be a live-action version of the 1941 animated Disney classic

As reported by Collider, the Dumbo cast boasts a bevy of award-winning actors.

Legendary director Tim Burton, who previously directed 2010's Alice in Wonderland for Disney, will bring Dumbo to life once again on the big screen. Since then, the Mouse House has released such movies as Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and most recently Beauty and the Beast to big returns at both the domestic and global box office, as well as a strong critical reception in the case of Cinderella and The Jungle Book in particular (with Jungle Book picking up an Oscar for its groundbreaking visual effects too).

The film's official synopsis states: 'Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus.

Farrier's children (Parker and Hobbins) find out that the baby has flying powers, and entrepreneur VA Vandevere (Keaton) and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Green) arrive on the scene to make Dumbo a star. The cast also includes Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney and Douglas Reith.

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