Michael Keaton in Talks for Villainous Role in ‘Dumbo’ Live-Action Remake

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“Beetlejuice” reunion, anyone? Reports claim that Michael Keaton might team up once more with his “Beetlejuice” director Tim Burton for the live-action remake of Disney’s classic, “Dumbo.”

Per reports, Keaton is currently in negotiations for the film, as are Colin Farrell and Eva Green. The film is a remake of Disney’s animated 1941 treasure, which follows a young circus elephant, Dumbo, who is ridiculed for his large ears. Eventually, Dumbo is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

The remake will feature a script by Ehren Kruger.

Full plot details on the film are not yet available, but The Hollywood Reporter had this to share:

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say that one thing the new version does is expand and deepen the circus aspect of the story. If the deal is made, Keaton would play a villain, who buys a circus with hopes of exploiting the elephants.

Should the deal go through, it would be another villainous turn for the actor. Keaton has the upcoming tentpole “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in which we plays the main villain, The Vulture. His other recent roles include awards-friendly films such as “Birdman,” “The Founder” and “Spotlight.”

Stay tuned for more details on “Dumbo.”

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