Eva Green Rumored To Be On Deck for Live-Action ‘Dumbo’
Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” remake, which already has Tim Burton signed on to direct, is perhaps adding another talent known for creepy roles: Eva Green. It was reported today that the “Penny Dreadful” actress is in talks to play one of the film’s leads. Since the success of last year’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book,” it looks like another of Disney’s most animal-centric films is going to follow in its footsteps. The plan is for the movie to blend CGI and live-action moments.
Green, who already partnered with Burton on 2016’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and 2012’s “Dark Shadows” seems to be a Burton favorite these days. He certainly favors his pale, dark-haired actresses! In fact, Green is very reminiscent of Helena Bonham Carter. Green’s dark and serious turn as Vanessa, a women possessed by the devil in “Penny Dreadful,” earned her a great deal of cult acclaim. It will be interesting to see who she plays in Dumbo, which despite its colorful palette is actually quite a weird and sad movie. However, a dark circus theme would be right in Burton’s wheelhouse, and the original “Dumbo” took place in 1941, which fits his vintage aesthetic.
While I personally don’t think that Dumbo needs a remake (it is among my least favorite Disney films!), perhaps an updated script and a female lead will change my opinion. Maybe Burton will turn it into a commentary on animal abuse. What do you think?