Michael Keaton in Talks to Join Tim Burton's 'Dumbo'

The Disney film could reunite the 'Beetlejuice' and 'Batman' star and director.
Michael Keaton   |   Tara Ziemba/WireImage
The Disney film could reunite the 'Beetlejuice' and 'Batman' star and director.

Michael Keaton may be reuniting with his Beetlejuice and Batman director.

The actor is in negotiations to star in Disney's new live-action Dumbo film, to be helmed by Tim Burton.

Colin Farrell and Eva Green also are in talks to join the pic, which is based on Disney's classic 1941 animated movie about a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother.

Ehren Kruger penned the script for the new 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. If the deal is made, Keaton would play a villain, who buys a circus with hopes of exploiting the elephants.

Keaton hasn't worked with Burton since 1992's Batman Returns. The actor's recent credits include The Founder, Spotlight and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He will soon be seen in Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and American Assassin. Keaton is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham.

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