'Dumbo': First Image Revealed as Cast and Release Date Are Confirmed

Tim Burton

Tim Burton

Rather adorably, they have all previously appeared in films with flying stars: Green played the witch Serafina Pekkala in The Golden Compass; Farrell in the PL Travers/Mary Poppins biopic Saving Mr Banks; and of course, Keaton and DeVito starred in Batman Returns among others.

There's no stopping the juggernaut that is Disney's live-action remakes and Tim Burton is in the driving seat for one of them, having been confirmed as the director of Dumbo, which will be released in the United States on 29 March 2019.

So far, so intriguing. But it is the Casey Jr. train and the concept art that tells us a lot about the world that Burton is creating. Production has just begin on the film and the video featured footage from the set, which, naturally, showed off a circus.

Disney has found a formula for success with live-action remakes of their beloved animated movies and the upcoming remake of Dumbo looks to continue to trend.

Danny DeVito, who played the Penguin in Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns, will play Max Medici, the owner of the small circus at the heart of the film. But when Holt's children (Parker and Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

Will Burton reprise the sequence with another singalong?

Burton has already directed two of Disney's live action reboots; Alice in Wonderland, and its sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass. The latest film to be announced is Dumbo, the tale of a little elephant with big ears and bigger dreams. Not only has the studio confirmed the start of production on the film, Disney has also stamped Dumbo with a spring 2019 release date, revealed the full cast list, and treated fans to a plot synopsis.