Disney’s program of remaking its classic animated movies has proved to be a hugely lucrative one to date. The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast have earned a combined total of more than $2.2 billion worldwide, and there are a variety of other adaptations on the way. Next up is the live-action remake of Dumbo, and the first trailer has arrived.
Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton, who previously helmed the hugely successful Alice in Wonderland for Disney, as well as classics such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and the 1989 Batman. It stars Colin Farrell as a former big top star who finds work with a struggling circus after he returns from war. There he meets the baby elephant Dumbo, who is mocked for his giant ears but is clearly destined for great things. Check it out above.
Dumbo also stars Michael Keaton as villainous entrepreneur Vandemere, Danny DeVito as circus owner Max Medici, and Eva Green as trapeze artist Colette Marchant. The movie doesn’t actually arrive for some time unfortunately, with the release date set for March 29, 2019.
In terms of other Disney adaptations, new versions of Mulan, The Lion King, and Aladdin are all in various stages of development. Mulan recently added a number of high-profile Asian actors to the cast, including Gong Li (Miami Vice) and martial arts legends Donnie Yen (Rogue One) and Jet Li (The Expendables), and arrives in 2020. The Lion King will be directed by The Jungle Book‘s Jon Favreau and is set for July 2019, while Aladdin comes from Snatch and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Richie, and arrives in May of next year.
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Author: Dan Auty
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