Actress Eva Green is in talks to play one of the human leads in Disney’s live action adaptation of their 1941 classic Dumbo.
Disney has been on a hot streak with live action adaptations of their classic animated film catalog. They’ve found critical and commercial success with Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent, and Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast coming out this month is as close to a sure thing thing as you can get. One of next adaptations on their film slate is Dumbo to be directed by Tim Burton. Deadline is reporting that Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Casino Royale) is in talks to play one of the three leads in the film.
“Eva Green is in talks to star in Tim Burton’s Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic for Disney. Sources tell me she’s being eyed for one of the three main adult roles in the title, which is edging closer and closer towards a production start. A Green-Burton reunion would make a lot of sense given the sizzling actress seems to be the director’s new muse, and Burton has a habit of working again and again with actors he likes.
The live-action remake of Dumbo is written by Ehren Kruger, who produces with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). Disney’s original version focused on a big-eared, lovable circus elephant, who is mocked for his large ears but learns to use them as wings to fly.”
Previous rumors indicated that Will Smith and Tom Hanks were in talks for roles in Dumbo as well. It was believed that Will Smith would be playing the father of the children who develop a relationship with the flying elephant after seeing him in the circus and that Hanks would be the villain in the film. I haven’t heard anything confirming or denying their involvement since the rumors were first reported. Eva Green would be a welcome addition to the cast and, as Deadline pointed out, makes sense since she’s been in 2 of Burton’s recent movies. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter show up in some capacity either as they have appeared in quite a few of his movies.
What do you think about the possibility of Eva Green appearing in Disney’s live action adaptation of Dumbo? What character do you think she could be playing in the movie? I’ll update you on any new information I hear about this project.