It’s high time we all accept the elephant (yes) in the room — Disney live-action reboots, like it or not, are here to stay. Cinderella proved studios right with its textbook heartwarming happy ending, Beauty & the Beast celebrated Ewan McGregor in an attractive inanimate object form — it just keeps getting better.
The upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo has been in the works for some time, with big names coming out of the loveable elephant’s very large ears.
Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton has already been confirmed for the upcoming project, as well as Eva Green and Danny DeVito, set to bring larger human characters to life in this live-action reimagining. According to Deadline, an evil top circus Vandemere (yet to be cast) is the antagonist orchestrating the lives of Colette, a French trapeze artist to be played by Green. DeVito is set to play Medici, the man who runs a smaller circus that gets acquired by Vandemere.
But these secondary characters are all still missing the key component, Holt. The character is said to be the widowed father of two kids from Kentucky, and allegedly the lead in the remake, which seems to be shifting then towards a more human-based focus. Rumors are still swilling, but as it stands it looks like Colin Farrell is in talks for the part.
No stranger to Disney, in recent years Farrell has accumulated a heartwarming track record in grown up Disneys. Man of the family in Saving Mr Banks, his upcoming involvement in Dumbo is likely to develop from this character to an extent. More recently, his role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them generated acclaim testifying to the actor’s capability to immerse himself in a more magical universe than the one the likes of In Bruges had him accustomed to.
It remains a mystery as to why a number of big names have already turned down the part — it is reported that Will Smith, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck have already passed on the role. Following the public discussion over Emma Watson and Miles Teller’s ‘will they won’t they’ on the roles in La La Land, which then gave way to Oscar-winning Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, it seems that you really must choose your battles wisely nowadays.
Breaking records in its opening weekend, Beauty and the Beast is only confirming the success that Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Alice In Wonderland teased with their experimentation with the live-action generation. And with Tim Burton promising to give the emotional intensity that Disney thrives from, Dumbo is looking good so far. Colin Farrell had better snap the role up before he misses his chance — who knows what will get you that shiny statue next?
Originally published on Konbini