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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 based upon a storyline written by Helen Aberson and is loosely inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name. The film stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin.[2] The film will be released on March 29, 2019.[3]

Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by
  • Justin Springer
  • Ehren Kruger
  • Derek Frey
  • Katterli Frauenfelder
Screenplay by Ehren Kruger
Based on Disney's Dumbo
by Otto Englander
Joe Grant
Dick Huemer
by Helen Aberson
Harold Pearl
Music by Danny Elfman[1]
Cinematography Ben Davis
Edited by Chris Lebenzon
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
Country United States
Language English


Plot summaryEdit

Holt, a former circus star, finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici enlists him to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V. A. Vandemere and aerial artist Colette Marchant swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.[4]


Additionally, Roshan Seth, Sharon Rooney 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.[11] On March 10, 2015, Tim Burton was announced as the director.[12] On July 15, 2017, Disney announced that Dumbo would be released on March 29, 2019.[13]


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.[14] However, Smith later passed on the role due to "scheduling conflicts" among other reasons.[15] Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also offered the role but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast.[5]

In March 2017, Eva Green and Danny DeVito joined the cast.[16][8] In April 2017, Michael Keaton joined the cast, rounding out the few prominent adult live-action roles.[7] Tom Hanks was reportedly in discussions for the role before Keaton was cast.[14] During the summer of 2017, DeObia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, and Alan Arkin joined the film.[4][10][9]


Principal production on Dumbo commenced in July 2017, in the United Kingdom.[17]


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


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  9. ^ a b Alan Arkin Joins Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  10. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 26, 2017). "Tim Burton's Live-Action 'Dumbo' Adds 'Game Of Thrones' Actor DeObia Oparei". Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ Kits, Borys (July 8, 2014). "Live-Action 'Dumbo' in the Works From 'Transformers' Writer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ Ford, Rebecca (March 10, 2015). "Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ Max Evry. "Production Begins on Tim Burton's Live-Action Dumbo!". Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2017). "Will Smith Circling Tim Burton's Live-Action 'Dumbo' Adaptation". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2017). "'Dumbo' A No-Go For Will Smith". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (March 7, 2017). "Eva Green In Talks For Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' At Disney". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  17. ^ Giardina, Carolyn; McMillan, Graeme (July 13, 2017). "Will 'Avengers,' 'Frozen 2' and 'Star Wars' Dazzle at D23?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 

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