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The studio, which is set to unveil its latest live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast, is tackling its 1941 animated classic about a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother.
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.
The project has four human leads (plus the elephant, who will be digitally animated). Green will play a trapeze artist who works for the head of the circus. The circus owner is the villain of the piece.
Will Smith was in talks to star as a widowed father with two kids, but those discussions ended. The studio then reached out to Chris Pine, who was fielding several studio offers, but those early talks ended as well.
Burton loves to build a repertoire of talent, and Green stole plenty of her scenes with Johnny Depp in 2012’s Dark Shadows. He worked with her again in 2016’s Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.
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