Entertainment Will Smith in talks to star in Disney's new Dumbo film

12:25  12 january  2017
12:25  12 january  2017 Source:   BANG Showbiz

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The No. 1 Source For Breaking Music and Film Headlines. Will Smith in talks to star in Disney ’ s live-action Dumbo . As The Hollywood Reporter recently confirmed, Will Smith is in early talks to star in a live-action update of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo directed by Tim Burton. Though plot details are still scarce, Smith would reportedly play a father who works at the circus and whose children develop a relationship with the film ’s titular elephant.

Will Smith is in early talks to star in Disney ' s live-action take of Dumbo , being directed by Tim Burton, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Ehren Kruger penned the script for the project, which is based on Disney ' s classic animated 1941 movie about a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother. 11 January 2017, 12:31 PM, PST). Will Smith Circling Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘ Dumbo ’ Adaptation (From Variety - Film News.

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Will Smith is being lined-up to star in Disney's live action remake of 'Dumbo'.

The 48-year-old actor - whose big screen box office credentials are unquestionable with starring roles in 'Independence Day', 'Men in Black' and most recently 'Suicide Squad' - is wanted by Walt Disney Pictures to be one of the main cast members of Tim Burton's new adaptation of the 1941 animated family film about the titular big-eared baby elephant who learns to fly in the circus, according to Deadline.

Burton has history with Disney when it comes to recreating the company's classic animations having been responsible for re-imagining 1951 animation 'Alice In Wonderland' in 2010 and grossing $1.02 billion at the global box office.

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Will Smith is in early talks to star in Disney ’ s live-action adaptation of “ Dumbo .” Sources tell Variety that a deal is far from closed, but if Smith were to take the role, it will likely have a significant effect on the future of the upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel, “Bad Boys for Life.” If Smith is leaning toward “ Dumbo ,” the start date for “Bad Boys 3” would be pushed back or the film could be shelved entirely. If a deal closes, Smith would play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus.

Will Smith ’s last film , “Collateral Beauty,” may not have resonated with families this past holiday season, but his next one might. Per Deadline, the actor is in early talks to star in Disney ’ s live-action remake of “ Dumbo .” The new take on the 1941 animated classic is set to be directed by Tim Burton and written by “Transformers” scribe Ehren Kruger. The story will follow a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for having large ears and is separated from his mother.

Ehren Kruger, best known for his work on the 'Transformers' franchise, has penned the script for 'Dumbo' and the producers are keen to get to work on the project.

But one thing which could get in the way of Smith being involved is that he has reunited with Martin Lawrence, following their stint in 'Bad Boys 2' and Sony Pictures for 'Bad Boys For Life' in which he has enlisted the help of Joe Carnahan who is directing from his own script.

Variety is also reporting that Tom Hanks is being lined-up up to play a villain in the movie but no further details have yet emerged.

If Smith does join the cast of 'Dumbo' he will be the latest major Hollywood star to step into the world of Disney live action movies.

Angelina Jolie starred as the titular villain in the 'Sleeping Beauty' inspired 'Maleficent', Johnny Depp played The Mad Hatter in 'Alice in Wonderland' and Lily James took the title role in 'Cinderella'.

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