Alan Arkin Boards Disney’s Live-Action “Dumbo”


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Disney’s live-action adaptation of directed by Tim Burton rounds out its cast with . The film’s cast also includes Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green. Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker will also appear in their first feature roles.

Ehren Kruger wrote the script while Justin Springer, who worked on Tron: Legacy, is producing with Kruger. Nigel Gostelow is executive producing.

The original film follows a young elephant with oversized ears who grows up at the circus. One day at a show, a group of children taunt Dumbo and sends his mother into a flurry of rage that gets her locked away from the other elephants. After Dumbo’s ears cause a serious accident that injures other performers, he is forced to dress like a clown and perform horrifying stunts. However, the underestimated elephant astounds everyone when he discovers that his comically large ears allow him to fly.

This live-action remake will follow Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who deals with the struggles of returning from war. While circus owner Max Medici (Devito) hires Holt to care for the newborn elephant. But when Holt’s children (Hobbins and Parker) discover Dumbo can fly, a smooth talking entrepreneur (Keaton) and an acrobat (Green) attempt to steal Dumbo away to make him a star. Arkin will play J Griffin Remington, a Wall Street mogul.

Disney has dedicated most of their future slate to live-action reboots after the success of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and most recently, Beauty and the Beast. The studio also has Mulan, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Aladdin in the works.

Arkin was most recently seen in New Line’s Going in Style. He is represented by and .

Dumbo is currently in production and set to premiere March 29, 2019.

This story was first reported by Variety.

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