Michael Keaton in Talks to Join Dumbo

Michael Keaton is circling a role in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo.

Disney’s live action adaptation of Dumbo is coming together.  It was previously reported that Eva Green, Danny Devito and Colin Farrell have joined the cast of the latest movie to be adapted from their classic animated catalog.  Now Variety is reporting that Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) is in talks to join the cast.  If signed, Keaton will be playing the villain in the film.  Here’s the announcement from Variety:

“The original story followed an ostracized baby circus elephant who strives to achieve his full potential. If a deal closes, Keaton would play the man who acquirers the circus from DeVito’s character in order to exploit the lovable elephant and his mother.”

Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton have previously worked together on Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns.  While the Batman franchise launched both men into Hollywood’s A-list, they haven’t worked together since Batman Returns.  There has been talks in recent years of a Beetlejuice sequel, but so far nothing has materialized.  Keaton, in particular, has experienced a career revival following his Oscar-nominated turn in Birdman.  He will be featured as another villain in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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He will be joining Colin Farrell (currently in talks) as the widowed father of two kids from Kentucky, Eva Green playing Colette, a French trapeze artist who works for Vandemere and Danny DeVito playing Medici, the man who runs a smaller circus that Vandemere acquires.

Here’s a summary of the project, courtesy of Coming Soon:

“Dumbo, released in 1941, marked Disney’s fourth full-length animated feature. Dumbo tells the story of a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears. When his mother steps in to protect him and is locked up for it, he ends up on the road with a mouse as his companion. The mouse instills into Dumbo the idea that with the help of a magic feather, he can fly. The new take involves the adaptation of the original movie while adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story. The film will feature a screenplay by Transformers scribe Ehren Kruger. He’ll also produce alongside Justin Springer.”

What do you think about the cast so far for Dumbo, especially the potential casting of Michael Keaton?  Dumbo is set to arrive in theaters May 2, 2018.

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