Dumbo live-action remake flying towards 2019

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

The film will feature young actors Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker (Thandie Newton's daughter), in their first ever film roles, as Holt's children.

Michael Keaton, 65, is making his first film with the director since Batman Returns, which also starred Danny DeVito, 72.

Production is underway for the live-action reimagining of Disney's 1941 animated classic Dumbo.

Walt Disney's classic animated tale Dumbo, which opened October 23, 1941, won an Oscar for best scoring of a musical picture and was nominated for best original song for "Baby Mine". Instead, Disney officially confirmed him for a role in the live-action Aladdin remake with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Mena Massoud as the titular street rat. So while he had nothing to offer us in terms of footage, he did send everyone at D23 a kind video message saying that he is in the midst of shooting, and could not wait to show us the entire film.

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The news was reported during the studio's in-house expo D23, and the convention's Twitter feed also confirmed prior reports as to who would be starring in the film, and yes, it appears that Dumbo is going to be a Batman Returns reunion of sorts. Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney, Douglas Reith, and Katterli Frauenfelder also join. "Casey Junior" is even the name of a song in the 1941 version of Dumbo's story, though there has yet to be any indication that Burton's live-action remake will carryover those musical elements.

Farrier's children (Parker and Hobbins) find out that the baby has flying powers, and entrepreneur VA Vandevere (Keaton) and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Green) arrive on the scene to make Dumbo a star.

"Dumbo" will be released in cinemas on March 29 2019. Plus, Disney have said the upcoming Mulan live-action film would leave out all tunes.

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