Disney is eyeing a big name to lead the cast for their latest live-action remake. Will Smith is reportedly in talks, according to Deadline, to star in Dumbo, their Tim Burton-directed feature centering on the titular big-eared circus elephant.
The studio is eager to move into production for their family film, and currently have a greenlit script from Ehren Kruger. Disney will need to fit this film into Smith’s busy schedule. He is currently starring in and producing his next film Bright with a script by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). He is also working with Sony Pictures to lock in a start date for the sequel Bad Boys for Life, which is already set to release in one year on January 12, 2018.
Dumbo seems like it may be somewhat of a departure for Smith, who is typically attached to action, comedies, or heavy dramas and has thus far strayed from family fare. His first and last children’s role was a voice in 2004’s Shark Tale. This would also be his first time working with quirky acclaimed director Tim Burton. The filmmaker will likely show audiences a side to Smith that hasn’t been seen before.