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Dumbo is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger. It is loosely inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name, itself based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.[2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Burton
Produced by
Screenplay byEhren Kruger
Based on
Music byDanny Elfman[1]
CinematographyBen Davis
Edited byChris Lebenzon
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
CountryUnited States

Plans of a live-action Dumbo remake were announced in 2014 and Burton was confirmed as director in March 2015. Much of the cast signed on in March 2017 and principal photography began in July of that year in the United Kingdom, lasting until November.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 29, 2019.[3] It will be released in Real D 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D and Dolby Cinema.



Additionally, Roshan Seth and Douglas Reith appear in undisclosed roles.



On July 8, 2014, it was announced that a live-action adaptation of Dumbo was in development for Walt Disney Pictures. Ehren Kruger was confirmed as the screenwriter, and Justin Springer will serve as the producer along with Kruger.[12] On March 10, 2015, Tim Burton was announced as the director.[13] On July 15, 2017, Disney announced that Dumbo would be released on March 29, 2019.[14]


In January 2017, it was announced that Will Smith was "in talks" to play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus.[15] However, Smith later passed on the role due to "scheduling conflicts" among other reasons.[16] Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also offered the role but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast.[4]

In March 2017, Eva Green and Danny DeVito joined the cast.[17][6] In April 2017, Michael Keaton joined the cast, rounding out the few prominent adult live-action roles.[5] Tom Hanks was reportedly in discussions for the role before Keaton was cast.[15] During the summer of 2017, DeObia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, and Alan Arkin joined the film.[9][8][11]


Principal photography on Dumbo commenced in July 2017, at Pinewood Studios and RAF Cardington in the United Kingdom,[18] and concluded in November 2017.[19][20]


Dumbo is set to be released in 2D and 3D by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 29, 2019.


The first trailer was released on June 13, 2018. The second trailer debuted during the CMA’s on November 14, 2018. [21]


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  9. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 7, 2017). "Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' Adds Joseph Gatt To Live-Action Adaptation Of Disney Classic". Retrieved August 7, 2017.
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  11. ^ a b Alan Arkin Joins Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  12. ^ Kits, Borys (July 8, 2014). "Live-Action 'Dumbo' in the Works From 'Transformers' Writer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Ford, Rebecca (March 10, 2015). "Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Max Evry. "Production Begins on Tim Burton's Live-Action Dumbo!". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  15. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2017). "Will Smith Circling Tim Burton's Live-Action 'Dumbo' Adaptation". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  16. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2017). "'Dumbo' A No-Go For Will Smith". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  17. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (March 7, 2017). "Eva Green In Talks For Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' At Disney". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  18. ^ Giardina, Carolyn; McMillan, Graeme (July 13, 2017). "Will 'Avengers,' 'Frozen 2' and 'Star Wars' Dazzle at D23?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  19. ^ Gatt, Joesph (November 4, 2017). "And that's a picture wrap for #NeilsSkellig in @DisneyStudios #Dumbo ! It's been an amazing adventure w/incredible people! #teamskellig 🙏🏼😎". Twitter. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Oparei, DeObia (November 10, 2017). "That's a wrap on #DUMBO homeward bound after a fabulous summer shooting for #Disney in #London with #timburton". Twitter. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  21. ^ ‘Dumbo’ Trailer: Tim Burton’s Live-Action Reboot Takes Flight Variety, June 13, 2018

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