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Danny DeVito and Eva Green in talks for Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo

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DANNY DeVito and Eva Green are in talks to join Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DeVito is in contention to play Medici, who runs a smaller circus that gets acquired by the evil big-top villain Vandemere. Green would play a trapeze artist who works for Vandemere.

At this stage, plot details are being kept under wraps but sources have indicated that the remake would expand and deepen the circus aspect of the story. The project has four human leads as well as the elephant, who will be digitally animated much like the creatures in Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

Dumbo was originally released in 1941 and became an animated classic for Disney. It follows a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother.

DeVito is currently making his Broadway debut in The Price, opposite Mark Ruffalo and Tony Shalhoub.

Movie-wise, he has the long-gestating Twins sequel Triplets and Blue Dream Studios’ animated Animal Crackers on the way.

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