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Will Smith may be joining the circus for Disney and Tim Burton's Dumbo

01.11.2017

The House of Mouse is currently toying with the idea of signing multi-talented actor Will Smith to star in director Tim Burton’s upcoming live adaptation of the 1941 animated classic DUMBO. With plans to fast-track the film’s production - that will follow a script written by Ehren Kruger - this re-imaging of the high-flying and existential journey of Disney’s famous big-eared elephant is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Here’s the thing though, more than a few stars will have to align if Smith plans on joining the circus - notably the fact that the rapper turned Hollywood megastar is aiming to start filming BAD BOYS FOR LIFE for director Joe Carnahan and Sony Pictures in the very near future. Currently, Smith, beside his co-star Joel Edgerton, is filming BRIGHT - the Max Landis written, David Ayer-directed Netflix film.

I’m curious as to who Smith will portray in Disney’s DUMBO, particularly when you consider just how few human characters there are in that film to begin with. Will he be the nefarious Ringmaster, perhaps? Maybe he’ll lend his vocal stylings to the role of Timothy Q. Mouse, Dumbo’s friend and confidant in his times of woe and wooziness. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. Though considering that Walt Disney president of production Sean Baily has stated that the film "will add a unique family story that parallelsDumbo's journey", one might assume that Smith will act as the father figure of that family.  

In the meantime, the animated-to-live-action reboots of Disney’s Classic Animated collection have fared rather well for both the box office and with fans of the timeless animation studio. Your guess is as good as mine on this one, though I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty about it as the details fly in.

You can catch will Smith in David Frankel's drama COLLATERAL BEAUTY, in theaters now. Meanwhile, Disney and Tim Burton's DUMBO is expected to bring the circus to theaters some time in 2018.

Extra Tidbit: I'll bite. I mean, if nothing else, we should get one hell of a wicked "drunk Dumbo" sequence, right? I'm imagining some seriously cool use of 3D for the "Dance of the Pink Elephants".
Source: deadline

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10:36AM on 01/12/2017

They'e gonna have to fill time

Dumbo's like 45 minutes long, and about 10 of those minutes are pseudo racist songs... so they're going to be adding like an hour of fluff just to fill time... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this will easily be their least successful live-action attempt
Dumbo's like 45 minutes long, and about 10 of those minutes are pseudo racist songs... so they're going to be adding like an hour of fluff just to fill time... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this will easily be their least successful live-action attempt
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8:24AM on 01/12/2017
Think I've missed any news on Bad Boys For Life. Michael Bay not directing? That's actually surprising. Still, Carnahan could be a good option.
Think I've missed any news on Bad Boys For Life. Michael Bay not directing? That's actually surprising. Still, Carnahan could be a good option.
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7:17PM on 01/11/2017
I suppose Burton is back tracking following his comments about casting for diversity sake. This is his first film with a minority lead.
I suppose Burton is back tracking following his comments about casting for diversity sake. This is his first film with a minority lead.
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11:34AM on 01/12/2017
Its one of the reasons why I stopped watching his movies. If he wants to cast only white, that's fine it's his movie, but I'm not going to watch or support them. I'm probably not missing much. But yeah after taking some heat he's definitely backpedaling.
Its one of the reasons why I stopped watching his movies. If he wants to cast only white, that's fine it's his movie, but I'm not going to watch or support them. I'm probably not missing much. But yeah after taking some heat he's definitely backpedaling.
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6:04PM on 01/11/2017

Tim Burton...

... phew...
How's he going to Goth it up?
... phew...
How's he going to Goth it up?
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4:28PM on 01/11/2017

PC Crows?

I love Dumbo - one of my all time favorites... I know the scene is looked at as kinda racist and definitely not PC now, but I kinda thought of him as taking the role of the lead jive talking crow (Jim Crow, yeaaah I know) that sings "When I see an elephant fly". I'm sure that if Disney keeps that part at all it will be well cleaned up, but could be a fit for Smith
I love Dumbo - one of my all time favorites... I know the scene is looked at as kinda racist and definitely not PC now, but I kinda thought of him as taking the role of the lead jive talking crow (Jim Crow, yeaaah I know) that sings "When I see an elephant fly". I'm sure that if Disney keeps that part at all it will be well cleaned up, but could be a fit for Smith
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