12:15pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Live-Action 'Dumbo'
Colin Farrell is in talks to star in Disney's live-action take on Dumbo, which will be directed by Tim Burton.
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. Eva Green and Danny DeVito are already signed on to the project.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say that one thing the new version does is expand and deepen the circus aspect of the story.
Farrell was most recently seen in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and A24’s indie film The Lobster. He has previously worked with Disney, starring in Saving Mr. Banks. The actor's upcoming projects include Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Farrell is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
The new take on Dumbo is one of several live-action adaptations in the works at Disney, based on the studio's classic animated films. Its most recent, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, had a record-breaking box-office debut last weekend and has crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office.