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Dumbo production underway, film to release in March 2019

17 July 2017, 04:47 | Erma Lawrence

Ready to go! To celebrate news that the live-action Dumbo started filming Disney released

Ready to go! To celebrate news that the live-action Dumbo started filming Disney released

Director Tim Burton sent a video greeting from the set at Pinewood and Cardington Studios in U.K. The helmer called the 1941 animated classic one of his favorite Disney movies.

Disney has tapped Transformers: Age of Extinction screenwriter Ehren Kruger, who also wrote the third Transformers film and Scream 3, to adapt the 1941 animated classic to the big screen.

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).

Although Burton himself was not present for D23, he did send a video from behind the scenes of the Dumbo remake saying hello to the crowd.

Dumbo is slated for release on March 29th, 2019.

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

We'll be seeing Tim Burton's take on Dumbo sooner than you think.

The film features Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war-veteran charged with the care of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock of an already struggling circus.

Danny DeVito, who played the Penguin in Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns, will play Max Medici, the owner of the small circus at the heart of the film. Michael Keaton plays the persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere and Eva Green is an aerial artist named Colette Marchant. In the seven years since that film's release, the House of Mouse has debuted pics like Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast.

All four of the aforementioned actors are now confirmed for the Dumbo cast, along with young newcomers Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, as well as Roshan Seth (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), DeObia Oparei (Independence Day: Resurgence), Sharon Rooney (Two Doors Down) and Douglas Reith (Downton Abbey) in supporting roles.

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