'Dumbo' Reveals First Look at Blue-Eyed Elephant and Shares On-Set Photo

Virginia Carter
July 17, 2017

There's no stopping the juggernaut that is Disney's live-action remakes and Tim Burton is in the driving seat for one of them, having been confirmed as the director of Dumbo, which will be released in the United States on 29 March 2019.

To celebrate, Disney released a photo on Saturday of superstar director Tim Burton on set. Also teaming up with Burton here, for the first time, is Colin Farrell in a leading role.

An adaptation of the 1941 animated classic of the same name, featuring a massive-eared elephant, Dumbo brings together director Burton with a handful of his favorite actors. Disney fans will be pleased to know that Burton recorded his video from inside Casey Jr., the iconic train from the original movie (which has been further immortalized in Disney theme parks).

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. The film's cast, characters, and release date were confirmed during today's D23 panel, along with the first image; you can find all of that information below. The live-action version, which will be shot at Pinewood Studios and Cardington Studios in England, will arrive on March 29, 2019.

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Danny DeVito, who played the Penguin in Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns, will play Max Medici, the owner of the small circus at the heart of the film.

Eva Green (Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) is playing a French trapeze artist named Colette who is employed by the movie's villain.

Will Smith had previously been rumoured to be in talks for Dumbo, but will now play the Genie in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin remake instead.

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