The last few years have seen a huge renaissance in the career of Michael Keaton, who seems to be everywhere at the moment. The actor, best known for his performances as Batman in Tim Burton’s two films as well as Beetlejuice, is about the turn to the dark side with the imminant release of Spider-Man: Homecoming but he is set to stay there for his next project.
Speaking on Good Morning America this week whilst promoting Marvel and Sony’s latest incarnation of the legendary webslinger, played by Tom Holland, Keaton confirmed that he is to reunite with Burton for his live-action remake of Disney animated classic Dumbo. While he didn’t confirm the character he is playing, it’s reported he will play Vandemere, the man who acquires the circus for which Dumbo and his mother are part of.
Keaton is set to be joined by Eva Green (Casino Royale), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Colin Farrell (The Beguiled) though no official confirmation has been announced just yet.
Rumours earlier this year had Will Smith (Suicide Squad) linked to the film, but he has since passed and may join the cast of another Disney animation, Aladdin, as the Genie, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). No official word on Smith or any other casting for that film has yet been announced.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Keaton plays Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture, opposite Holland, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine and Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The film is release on July 5th.
No release date for Dumbo has been set, but it could be released at the end of 2018 or early 2019.