dumbo sneak peek

You’ll believe an elephant can fly with the latest Dumbo sneak peek released by Disney. The House of Mouse dropped a new sneak peek for the live-action remake directed by Tim Burton. And aside from giving us some new soaring shots of the titular floppy-eared elephant flying high, there are even more delightful glimpses of the star-studded cast including Danny Devito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, and a very excited Michael Keaton.

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joseph gatt dumbo interview

Joseph Gatt is used to playing the bad guy. With his striking chrome dome, high cheekbones, and thin eyebrows, it’s no wonder that Gatt has been typecast as a villain. He’s tried to kill Thor as a Frost Giant, and he’s terrorized various heroes as countless Russian mercenaries. But in Dumbo, his villain Neils Skellig (the psychotic hunter and right-hand man of Michael Keaton’s ruthless circus entrepreneur V.A. Vandemere) hits a little closer to home.

“I’m very anti-hunting and I’m involved in a lot of charities and work against hunting and big-game hunting,” Gatt said in an interview from the set of Dumbo in September 2017. “So I know a lot of people that I can reference this particular character to. None that I would want to be friends with or recommend be friends with.” But there is one influence on his character who a few people would like to be friends with: Darth Vader. “The way I like to describe Skellig, Neils Skellig, is if you imagine Michael Keaton’s character is the Emperor, I’m Darth Vader,” Gatt said. “So basically he’s the more powerful [guy] in charge of everything, and I just do his bidding.”

On /Film’s visit to the set of Dumbo, we sat down with Gatt to talk his dynamic with Keaton, and why they’re doing more than acting opposite a tennis ball.

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danny devito dumbo interview

“We gotta complete the circus trilogy.”

That’s how Tim Burton got Danny DeVito on board to play yet another circus ringleader in Dumbo, Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the beloved 1941 animated film. The last time DeVito donned a circus ringleader outfit, he was playing the shrewd ringmaster Amos Calloway in Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama Big Fish. And before that, he was a circus gang leader of sorts in 1992’s Batman Returns. But DeVito didn’t need much convincing to work with his longtime friend and director — Dumbo marks the fourth time he has collaborated with Burton, and he doesn’t plan for it to be the last.

“I get emotional thinking about how much I care about him,” DeVito said in an interview from the set of Dumbo in September 2017. “Always spirited, always an artist, always thinking about the craft, always just painting with his mind. I feel like I’m part of…some kind of palette or color scheme in [Wassily] Kandinsky’s world or something.”

Kandinsky, the abstract Russian painter, is not too far of a stretch from the bright and vibrant colors of the circus in Dumbo, of which DeVito’s Max Medici is the ringmaster. A character from the original 1941 film, DeVito lends his own spin on the character, giving him more humanity. He’s “a guy whose back is up against the wall,” DeVito said.

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colin farrell dumbo interview

Colin Farrell is flying high. Well, maybe not as high as an elephant with giant ears, but pretty close — the Widows actor finally got to collaborate with one of his longtime favorite filmmakers, Tim Burton, for Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the beloved 1941 animated film about a clumsy elephant that learns he has a special ability that turns him into a circus sensation. It’s the perfect kind of fairy tale adventure that would attract Farrell, who as of late has shown a preference for offbeat mystical dramas both big and small.

“There’s things I read over the years that are somewhat fantastical and supernatural and have kind of a fairy tale element to them,” Farrell said in an interview from the set of Dumbo. “And I genuinely, when I heard [Tim] was doing this, was like ‘Oh god, what a dream gig to do.'”

But Farrell’s got his work cut out for him. The actor is set to play a brand new addition to Dumbo, which in the 1941 version rarely depicted any goodhearted humans. It’s Farrell’s job to play one of the few sympathetic human characters in Dumbo: Holt Farrier, a single father of two who has returned to his life at the circus after years at war have separated him from his family and have left him an amputee. But another burden for the Golden Globe nominee is that he’s the new kid in Tim Burton’s team of all-stars, with Burton regulars Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, and Eva Green rounding out the cast of the live-action fantasy.

“Yeah, it seems like Tim has his own little traveling circus of a kind going,” Farrell said. “And it’s just nice to be part of it.”

In our visit to the set of Dumbo in September 2017, we sat down with Farrell to hear his thoughts on flying elephants, fantasy, and just what he thinks about 10-year-old Tim Burton’s Halloween costume.

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superman lives costume

By now, you likely know the story of Tim Burton‘s aborted Superman Lives. The Batman director was set to take on the Man of Steel, working off a script penned by Kevin Smith, with none other than Nicolas Cage starring as the Last Son of Krypton. In the past, blurry behind-the-scenes images and footage have surfaced showing Cage in various costume fittings. Now we have our first clear look at the Superman Lives costume, and truth be told, it’s not half bad.

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tim burton goosebumps movie

In the 1990s, Tim Burton almost told audiences to say cheese and die with a Goosebumps movie. While a film based on the popular horror series for young readers would eventually splatter monster blood on filmgoers in 2015, writer R.L. Stine recently revealed that a Tim Burton Goosebumps movie was a real possibility in the mid-90s, but never came to pass.

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dumbo trailer

Before the buzzy Aladdin and Mulan remakes make their way to theaters, there is Tim Burton‘s Dumbo, the live-action remake of the 1941 animated film that emotionally scarred all of us as children. Despite rocking a star-studded cast including Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green, it feels like Dumbo has fallen by the wayside when it comes to the Disney live-action remake train. But the new Dumbo trailer is here to remind you that this movie is coming out, and that we’ll get to see Farrell in at least one upcoming big-budget fantasy movie.

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dumbo trailer

When the first strains of the haunting “Baby Mine” float over the first trailer of the live-action Dumbo, you know you’re in for some emotional damage. The animated movie that traumatized you as a kid is now a live-action film, adapted by Gothic connoisseur Tim Burton, no less. But Burton’s Disney adaptation of Dumbo surprisingly reigns back the darkness and gives us a little more of that childhood awe in the Dumbo trailer.

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Beetlejuice Alternate Ending

Beetlejuice is on everyone’s mind lately due to the film’s 30th anniversary. While you’re reflecting back on Tim Burton‘s 1988 dark comedy, here’s something you may not know: the film almost had a much darker ending. Read about the Beetlejuice alternate ending below.

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