The cast of Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” seems to be coming together. Just a day after it was reported that Will Smith was circling a role in the Tim Burton-directed film, Variety has now reported that Tom Hanks has been offered the role of the film’s villain.
But Hanks isn’t a done deal for the role, Variety’s unnamed insiders note. He’s reportedly been offered a role in the World War II drama “The Grey Hound” and could choose it over “Dumbo.” Will Smith is still reportedly in talks for the role.
The live-action “Dumbo” would be the latest in a long line of live-action remakes of classic animated Disney films. “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland” have all received the treatment, and “Beauty and the Beast” will follow this year. Additionally, “Mulan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Cruella De Vil” and pretty much every other Disney classic are in various stages of pre-production.
It was announced in March 2015 that Tim Burton would be behind the upcoming live-action “Dumbo.” Burton also kicked off this live-action trend with 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The film doesn’t yet have a release date, but Disney did snatch up five release dates for projects spanning July 2017 to December 2019. Tim Burton will direct “Dumbo” from a script by “Transformers” film franchise screenwriter Ehren Kruger.
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