Disney released a sneak peek trailer for the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” this weekend. The new video offers another look at the popular pachyderm and at the cast that is bringing the story to life this Spring.
“Dumbo” is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th and was directed by Tim Burton. Disney stated that the new story “expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.” The new adaptation stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Finley Hobbins, and Nico Parker.
In the story, Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires 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. Soon they all discover that Dumbo can fly and the circus makes a comeback. News of the flying elephant attracts entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo joins aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green), but Holt learns that Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
The original animated story of “Dumbo” was released in 1941 and the new live-action adaptation is just one of many on the way from Disney. After the live-action adaptation of “Dumbo,” the studio will release a 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.