The plot of the remake, based on the 1941 animated classic about a young elephant in the circus with larger-than-average ears, is currently under wraps, but Farrell would play the character of Holt, a widowed father of two from Kentucky. Should a deal be struck, he’ll join Eva Green and Danny DeVito in the project.
This won’t be the first time Farrell has appeared in a Disney film and more specifically, not the first time he’ll appear in a Disney film as a father. In 2013, he had a supporting role in Saving Mr. Banks as the father of a young P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, in Australia.
Ehren Kruger wrote the script for the film and will also produce alongside Justin Springer.
Given the mass success Disney is currently enjoying with Beauty and the Beast, the live-action train shows no signs of stopping. Beyond Dumbo, the studio currently has several more live-action films in development, including Cruella with Emma Stone, The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau with James Earl Jones and Donald Glover attached, Mulan, and The Little Mermaid with Lin-Manuel Miranda doing the music with Alan Menken.
Coming up, Farrell will appear in Sofia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled. He’s also the narrator of the upcoming documentary It’s Not Yet Dark and is in pre-production on Inner City, in which he’ll co-star with Denzel Washington. He’s represented by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor