Tim Burton's upcoming Dumbo remake might've gotten even more thrilling, thanks to the possible addition of Michael Keaton. According to Variety, the iconic actor is in talks to play the villain in the live-action movie. This role was previously alleged to belong to Tom Hanks.
Let's hope they solidify the deal, since this will mark Burton and Keaton's first reunion since 1992’s Batman Returns. The pair also worked together on 1988's Beetlejuice and 1989's Batman. If the actor joins Dumbo, he will also reunite with previous Batman Returns co-star Danny DeVito who is playing the circus' ringmaster.
Keaton is being eyed to portray the man who acquires the circus from DeVito’s character in order to exploit the adorable elephant and his mother. The villainous role follows his badass Vulture character in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming. Colin Farrell is also in talks to star in Dumbo alongside DeVito and Eva Green. Will Smith, who was thought to play the father of children who befriend Dumbo, is no longer part of the project.
The remake is Burton's latest directorial role since last year's Miss Peregrine's Home for Pelicular Children and will premiere sometime in 2019. Ehren Kruger (Transformers franchise, Ghost in the Shell) is penning the script and co-producing with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). While we wait for more details, keep up with all things pop culture and nostalgia with the latest episode of Fuse's Besterday podcast: