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Prepare your tear ducts. In the history of Disney cinema, there aren’t many films that leave viewers with dry eyes, but Dumbo definitely goes above and beyond the call of making fans weep. The other animals make fun of his ears! His name has the word ‘dumb’ in it! The circus takes his mother! It’s a lot for one film. Now Tim Burton is bringing the 1941 animated classic back to the big screen in live action and yeah, this version is going to make you cry as well. Prepare yourself…and your pack of tissues.
The upcoming live action Dumbo, which is scheduled to fly by its ears into theatres in March 2019, features Colin Farrell as a former circus star who returns home from the war. Having lost an arm and no longer able to perform, Farrell is now in charge of a struggling circus act and takes a newborn baby elephant with oversized ears under his care. Along with his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), the family care for the little elephant named Dumbo, who is made into the laughing stock of the circus. Once it’s discovered that Dumbo can fly, a ruthless businessman and circus owner shows up with plans to make Dumbo a star, but all is not what it seems with his park called Dreamland.
The trailer features Norwegian pop singer Aurora performing an emotional cover of “Baby Mine” that adds a haunting air to the sad tale of loneliness and redemption.
In addition to Farrell, the upcoming remake also stars Eva Green and Alan Arkin. The new film also reunites Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito with their Batman director, with Keaton, DeVito and Burton last working together in 1992 on Batman Returns.
Dumbo is one of several Disney adaptations hitting the big screen in the coming year. Remakes of The Lion King, starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones (returning as Mufasa), as well as Aladdin, directed by Guy Richie and starring Will Smith and Nasim Pedrad are scheduled for release in 2019.
Dumbo hits theatres on March 29, 2019.