The acclaimed director is making a live-action remake of the Disney favourite
The first trailer for Tim Burton’s Dumbo live-action remake has been released.
Burton’s version stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Michael Keaton, and will be released in cinemas in March 2019. The trailer shows a computer-rendered version of Dumbo’s transformation from hiding beneath a bundle of hay to flying across a Big Top tent. Watch it below.
The trailer is soundtracked by Norwegian artist Aurora singing ‘Baby Mine’. Burton personally chose the singer-songwriter to be involved in the film.
An official synopsis for the film reads: “Disney’s new live-action feature film Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children 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.”
Meanwhile, there are several other Disney favourites being given the live-action treatment. Among them are Mulan (due in 2020), The Little Mermaid (TBC), Aladdin (2019), and The Lion King (2019). The latter will star Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala.
The ‘Lemonade’ star is also reportedly working with Elton John on a new version of the soundtrack, as well as appearing in the film. A source told The New York Daily News: “The songs will be thread into the storyline. It is unthinkable when you have Beyoncé involved not to have her sing some of those iconic hits — and that means huge sales to a new generation. The deal is a huge one and will earn [Elton John] millions at many stages.”