Will Smith and Tom Hanks in Talks to Star in Dumbo

Will Smith and Tom Hanks are in talks to join live-action adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo.

According to Variety, Disney is in talks with Will Smith (Suicide Squad) and Tom Hanks (Sully) to star in the live-action adaptation of their animated classic Dumbo.  Dumbo will be directed by Tim Burton (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger.  Here’s the announcement from Variety.

“Will Smith is in early talks to star in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo.”  Sources tell Variety that a deal is far from closed, but if Smith were to take the role, it will likely have a significant effect on the future of the upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel, “Bad Boys for Life.” Sources indicate that both films would shoot at the same time. If Smith is leaning toward “Dumbo,” the start date for “Bad Boys 3” would be pushed back or the film could be shelved entirely.

If a deal closes, Smith would play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Insiders also indicate that Tom Hanks has been offered a role as the villain. He may, however, choose instead to star in the World War II drama “The Grey Hound.””

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Based on that report, it’s still far from a done deal with the two actors since they each have scheduling conflicts.  My assumption is that Will Smith is a safer bet to star since Bad Boys 3 has been in development for a while and is likely more fluid at this time and because a war drama seems like a more natural fit for Hanks than playing a villain in a Disney adaptation.  I’ll keep you informed as soon as I learn any new details about this project.

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