Danny DeVito in talks to join live-action adaptation of Dumbo

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 March 2017
Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito is reportedly in talks to play the ringmaster in Disney's live-action adaptation of 'Dumbo'

Danny DeVito is in talks to star in the live-action adaptation of 'Dumbo'.

The 72-year-old actor and director is reportedly being lined up to play the ringmaster in the Disney classic, reworked by Tim Burton.

According to Deadline, actress Eva Green is also in talks to join the film as a French trapeze artist but the conservation is in its infancy at the moment.

Ehren Kruger has penned the script and will produce alongside 'Tron: Legacy's Justin Springer.

The 1941 movie follows the journey of a baby elephant, whose large ears ostracise him from the other circus animals. However, with the help of the friendly Timothy Mouse, Dumbo realises what makes him unique is just what he needs to save himself from a sticky situation.

Filmmakers are still searching for the right person to play the role of the father - one which was linked to both Will Smith and Chris Pine in the past - and they are also on the hunt for someone to play the main villain, the circus owner.

The movie will follow in the footsteps of Disney's other live-action creations including 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', 'The Jungle Book' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. Disney also has a number of live-action reboots - such as 'The Lion King', 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Mulan' - in the works too.

If DeVito does decide to join the movie, he will reunite with Burton once again after the pair worked together on 1992's 'Batman Returns'.


  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin
  • UK release: 29 March 2019

In this remake of the 1941 film, one-armed circus worker Holt (Farrell) is struggling to reconnect with his bereft children while a certain large-eared pachyderm is figuring out the ropes. It looks lovely, but there’s a lot of extra plot shovelled in and it’s arguably overloaded, compared to the sincerity and simplicity…

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