Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton confirmed for Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake

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

After the success of The Jungle Book and this year’s Beauty and the Beast, Walt Disney Pictures is seemingly determined to create live-action versions of all of their classic animated films.

The original animated film opened in theaters on October 23, 1941. Disney made no announcement if the remake would contain songs, but it’s worth baring in mind the director didn’t include any musical numbers in his Alice in Wonderland remake.

All four of the aforementioned actors are now confirmed for the Dumbo cast, along with young newcomers Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, as well as Roshan Seth (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), DeObia Oparei (Independence Day: Resurgence), Sharon Rooney (Two Doors Down) and Douglas Reith (Downton Abbey) in supporting roles. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus.

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. Speaking in a pre-recorded video, he told the D23 audience, “Dumbo was always one of my favorite Disney films”.

And then there’s this new on-set photo, showing Burton aboard the Casey Jr…

As of right now, the story for Dumbo will be a bit different from the original 1941 cartoon, with the official synopsis as follows. Niki Caro’s Mulan and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King are a few other live-action translations to look forward to. The live-action version, which will be shot at Pinewood Studios and Cardington Studios in England, will arrive on March 29, 2019.