As he prepares for a planned shoot in the coming months, Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland) is continuing the process of selecting the cast for Walt Disney Pictures' live action Dumbo movie. And right now he seems to be all about people he has worked with in the past, with news arriving via Deadline that Danny DeVito (Big Fish) is the latest potential recruit.
Deadline reports that DeVito is in negotiations for a lead role, and is figuring out whether his commitments on Broadway will let him take the part. If he can work it out, DeVito will play Medici, the owner of a small family circus that is taken over by big top villain Vandemere. He will be the second confirmed casting after Eva Green (Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children), who is working out the final details of her own deal. Green is considering playing French trapeze artist Colette, who works for Vandemere.
And like Green, DeVito is a Burton veteran, appearing in movies including Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Big Fish (2003) in which he coincidentally played a ringmaster.
Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) has written the adaptation of the 1941 animated classic about the young elephant born with giant ears who discovers he can fly. There is no set release date for the movie as yet.