Okay, we confess: When we first heard Will Smith was in the running for a live-action remake of Dumbo, our thoughts immediately flew to one particular, uh, aspect of the Collateral Beauty star. That’s right, his ears.
Sounds harsh, we know, but Will often jokes about the size of his auricular appendages. For instance in 2012, when he was asked if he’d ever play President Obama in a film, he actually compared himself to Dumbo.
So naturally, we thought that was the role he was being lined up for in the remake. Only, it turns out he’s not been cast as the loveable elephant after all. According to Variety, he’ll play the father of the children who develop a friendship with Dumbo after seeing him at the circus.
The film is the latest Disney classic to be remade using a mixture of CGI and live performances, following 2015’s Cinderella, The Jungle Book last year, and Beauty and the Beast, due out in March and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Each of the reimagined films has had an impressive director at the helm — from Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau to reports that Guy Ritchie will direct Aladdin. And Dumbo is no exception. Step forward Tim Burton, whose surreal take on Alice in Wonderland suggests he’ll be perfect for that famously weird — hiccup — drunken dream sequence.
And, as if one big star and a top-notch director weren’t enough, another huge name has been linked to the Dumbo remake. Tom Hanks is reportedly in talks to play a “villain,” which, if we cast our minds back to the 1941 original, must mean he’ll play the circus ringmaster.
We can see this one being a whole lot of fun.
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