Well, we may finally have the Tim Burton and Michael Keaton reunion that we’ve been yearning for for almost 25 years now. As reported by Variety, Michael Keaton is in talks to join the cast of Dumbo, which unfortunately is not the Beetlejuice sequel we all deserve.
Keaton, if cast, will join other cast hopefuls Colin Farrell and Eva Green, and will play the villainous character (a role Tom Hanks was previously considered for) who buys a circus from Danny DeVito, which, of course Danny DeVito will own a circus. It’s probably not a stretch to assume that this is the same circus that Dumbo and his mother are a part of, which will then result in their likely heart-wrenching separation. This will be a live-action remake of the Disney classic, in which an ostracized elephant with overly large ears learns to fly, joining the resurgence of Disney remakes like The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and the forthcoming The Lion King.
Keaton’s career has seen a resurgence since 2014’s excellent Birdman, with recent turns in Spotlight, The Founder and the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he will also play a villain. Dumbo would mark his first collaboration with Burton in almost 25 years, after he was the perfect Batman in Batman and Batman Returns.
Dumbo is in pre-production, and doesn’t yet have a release date scheduled.