Disney premiered the first full-length “Dumbo” trailer during the CMA’s tonight. The upcoming live-action adaptation was directed by Tim Burton and will release in theaters in March. Fans of the popular pachyderm can watch the trailer below, thanks to a quick upload from Walt Disney Studios.
Directed by Tim Burton, the upcoming live-action adventure will expand on the original story of the tiny elephant with big ears. The film follows circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) after he enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. After the group discovers that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the elephant for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture called Dreamland. After Dumbo takes the job, he is soon soaring to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
The original animated story of “Dumbo” was released way back in 1941 and the new live-action adaptation is just one of many on the way from Disney. The studio will release the new “Dumbo” in theaters on March 29, 2019 and the new live-action “Mulan” in March 2020. That live-action adaptation will star Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Yifei Liu as the titular character.
Disney is also going to release “Maleficent 2” in May 2020 and the company is working on a “Cruella” live-action adaptation with Emma Stone playing Cruella De vil. “Maleficent 2” was directed by Joachim Rønning and will star Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Juno Temple, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, and Angelina Jolie. The original Maleficent was an instant hit for Disney, making over $69M domestically on opening weekend before grossing over $758M worldwide.