Dumbo is an upcoming American live-action film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It will be a remake of the animated movie of the same name, which in turn was based on the book by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

It will be written and produced by Richard LaGravanese. Justin Springer will also produce the film, while Tim Burton will direct it.

In March 2017, it was reported that Eva Green was in talks to play a trapeze artist.[3] Shortly after this report, Danny DeVito was cast as a ringleader named Medici.[4] A few weeks later, Colin Farrell had entered negotiations to play the role of Holt, a father of two children who befriend Dumbo.[5] On April 4, 2017, Michael Keaton entered talks to star as the villain.[6] On June 26, 2017, Keaton officially confirmed his involvement with the film.[7]


"The story follows Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war veteran, who has been enlisted by circus owner Max Medici to care for a newborn elephant with oversized ears. The baby elephant's ears are a laughingstock and embarrassment to the already struggling circus. That is, until Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly! Aerial artist Colette Marchant and entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere then swoop in to make Dumbo, the flying elephant, a star."[8]






  1. Ford, Rebecca (March 10, 2015). "Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on April 14, 2017. 
  2. "Danny Elfman to Score Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’" (October 4, 2017). Retrieved on October 4, 2017. 
  3. Kit, Borys (March 7, 2017). "Eva Green in Talks to Star in Tim Burton's Live-Action 'Dumbo'".. Hollywood Reporter.
  4. Busch, Anita (March 9, 2017). "Danny DeVito Negotiating To Join Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ At Disney".. Deadline.
  5. "Colin Farrell In Negotiations For ‘Dumbo’ At Disney".. Deadline (April 14, 2017).
  6. "Michael Keaton in Talks to Play Villain in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved on 14 April 2017.
  7. "Michael Keaton confirmed as the villain for Disney’s live-action remake, “Dumbo”". Inside the Magic. Retrieved on 26 June 2017.

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