Dumbo the elephant is flying back to the big screen, this time with a Tim Burton twist. Disney has released the first trailer for the live-action reboot of Dumbo, directed by Burton, which will be released next year.
The short trailer for Dumbo, based on the 1941 animated classic, is enough for viewers to tell the film will be a bit darker than the original. The video shows elaborate circus scenes that are as magical as they are creepy. Fans even get to see the CGI elephant fly at the end of the trailer, only making everyone more excited for the film.
In Dumbo, Danny DeVito stars as the circus owner who recruits Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) to care for a newborn elephant with large ears. The elephant eventually demonstrates that it can fly and is used as a way to make money for the circus.
DeVito and Farrell will be joined by other big-name actors such as Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Alan Arkin. It isn’t Keaton’s first time working with the director either, as he’s known for his role as Betelgeuse in Burton’s 1988 film Beetlejuice.
The film was produced by Justin Springer, Ehren Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder and Derek Frey. Dumbo’s screenplay was written by Kruger.
It’s been a couple of years since Burton released a film, his most recent being Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in 2016. The last time the director brought a classic Disney film to life was in 2010 with the live-action reboot of Alice In Wonderland.
The original Dumbo was only Disney’s fourth movie ever released, so it’s long overdue for a modern makeover, and we can’t think of anyone better to do it than Burton.
Dumbo will be released March 29, 2019. Check out the first trailer for the film below.