Danny DeVito Heads For The Live-Action Dumbo Movie

Danny DeVito

by James White |
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As he prepares for a planned shoot in the coming months, Tim Burton is continuing the process of selecting the cast for Disney's live-action Dumbo movie. And right now he seems to be all about people he has worked with in the past: Danny DeVito is the latest potential recruit.

Deadline reports that DeVito is in negotiations for a lead role, and is figuring out whether his commitments on Broadway will let him take the part. If we does work it, out, DeVito will be Medici, the owner of a small family circus that is taken over by big top villain Vandemere. He'll be the second confirmed casting after Eva Green, who is working out the final details of her own deal. Green is considering playing French trapeze artist Colette, who works for Vandemere.

And like Green, DeVito is a Burton veteran, appearing in movies including Batman Returns, Mars Attacks! and Big Fish (where he coincidentally played a ringmaster).

Ehren Kruger has written the adaptation of the 1941 animated classic about the young elephant born with giant ears who discovers he can fly. There's no set release date for the movie yet.

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