But while Dumbo has some of those familiar, striking images (the jail cell, the trembling eye, the floppy ears), the live-action Dumbo is a bit of a departure from the original film.
Tim Burton, obviously, is definitely the right person for the job when it comes to reviving Disney's Dumbo vibes. It's also a surprising departure for Burton, whose name has become synonymous with a Gothic flair and kabuki-mask faces.
Danny DeVito rallies people at a circus, getting them excited about Dumbo, "the unbelievable flying elephant".
Colin Farrell usually gravitates towards complex roles in dark, gritty films, such as the hitman Ray in bloody black comedy In Bruges or the ill-fated Corporal McBurney in last year's seductive The Beguiled, but when he came across the chance to enter the world of Disney for Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo, he was elated. Burton directs from a script by Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell). Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant, whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus.
Dumbo's unique abilities attract Michael Keaton's skeezy entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, who wants to take the elephant to his "Dreamland" - where he meets Eva Green's aerialist and likely discovers, if this film's droopy shadows and song style are to be believed, that Dreamland is more like Nightmareland.
The movie doesn't actually arrive for some time unfortunately, with the release date set for March 29, 2019.
Farrell, 42, plays Holt Farrier, seen above in an exclusive first look with Eva Green, who plays aerial acrobat Colette Marchant.
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