Dumbo at D23

There were a tonne of big announcements at this year’s D23 Expo, and amongst them were details about Disney’s latest live-action remake, Dumbo.

The studio’s had a shockingly strong success rate so far on its live-action remakes (from Cinderella to The Jungle Book). However, with such a production-line approach to churning back up every animated classic in its catalogue, it’s hard to know long this success will last.

At the expo, it was revealed that Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Michael Keaton would be appearing in the remake of the 1941 classic. The feature will be directed by Tim Burton.

Additionally, we got the first glimpse of what the flying elephant could look like. During the conference, a life size model of the elephant from Burton’s remake was wheeled on stage, and it’s terrifying.


Although it could change as production continues, the first look gives us an idea of what Burton’s remake will look like. It’s far from the Nellie of your childhood and is something that could appear in your nightmares.

The D23 panel also confirmed all the reported castings for the film. Colin Farrell will play Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war-veteran who cares for the newborn elephant with giant ears. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins are cast as his children, who discover Dumbo can fly.

Danny DeVito will play the circus’ owner Max Medici. Michael Keaton is V.A. Vandevere, the enigmatic entrepreneur who swoops in on the promise he’ll make Dumbo a star. Alongside him will star aerial artist Colette Marchant, played by Eva Green.

CG and live action will be employed to shoot the new film. As with much of Burton’s work, the results will be impressive.

Dumbo is set to hit cinemas 29 March 2019.

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