The cast for Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of DUMBO is slowly taking shape. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Danny DeVito is in talks to star in the film directed by Tim Burton about the beloved big-eared circus elephant, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The Hollywood legend is circling the role of Medici, the man who runs a smaller circus that gets acquired by the evil big top circus villain Vandemere. He would join Eva Green who was recently the first big name announced to star in the adaptation of the 1941 animated classic.
The casting of DeVito would continue Burton’s affection of casting actors from his previous films. Dumbo would mark the second collaboration between the two since 1992 when DeVito starred as the Penguin in Burton’s Batman Returns. He’s also worked with Green in last year’s Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children and in the 2012 big-screen adaptation of the vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.
Dumbo is one of many live-action adaptations of animated Disney pics in the works. Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson will premiere this Friday while reboots of The Lion King, Mulan Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid are in development.
DeVito was recently seen in The Comedian opposite Robert De Niro and Todd Solondz’s Wiener Dog. He can be heard in the upcoming animated feature Animal Crackers.
He is repped by CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer