Eva Green in Talks to Join Live Action ‘Dumbo’


Eva Green is reportedly in talks to star in Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo.

News that the director is to helm his own version of the 1941 animated movie for Disney broke back in 2015, though few details have emerged since.

However new reports state Green, who played the title character in Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children as well as starring in Dark Shadows, is being lined up for the part of one of the three main adults in the upcoming project.

Her involvement follows talk that Will Smith was joining the feature as a widowed father, though those rumours have now been quashed. Chris Pine’s name has also been thrown into the hat for the role, and

Tom Hanks has apparently been approached to play the villain in the film.

Screenwriter Ehren Kruger, the man behind horror flick The Ring and numerous Transformers movies, has penned the script and he will also produce alongside Justin Springer, whose resume includesTron: Legacy and Oblivion.

The classic tale of Dumbo focuses on a baby elephant in the circus who is mocked for his oversized ears, but eventually, with the help of his mouse sidekick, he learns to use them as wings and is able to fly. Green is thought to be playing a trapeze artist in the circus, the owner of which will be the antagonist character.

Details of the new movie are being kept under wraps, though it’s believed it will give more focus to the circus aspect of the original story.

Green has a busy schedule at the moment following her stint in TV Show Penny Dreadful, which aired its final season in 2016. This year (17) alone she has thriller Based on a True Story, helmed by Roman Polanski, drama Euphoria and romantic biopic Vita and Virginia due for release, the last of which also stars Gemma Arterton and is about the affair between authors Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.

Dumbo is the latest Disney flick to get the live-action treatment, and follows on from Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast.

related content