Alan Arkin Joins the Cast of Tim Burton's Dumbo

Posted 2017/08/20 0 0

Alan Arkin is the latest star confirmed to play in Tim Burton's live-action remake of Dumbo.

 

According to Variety, Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) joined the cast of Disney's Dumbo, which is currently in production in London at the moment. Arkin will portray J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon. It is not clear what his part will exactly be.

Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell) wrote the script and will produce alongside Justin Springer (TRON: Legacy). Derek Frey, who has been involved as producer on many of Burton's works since 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, produces alongside Katterli Frauenfelder, who has produced various Burton productions since 2001's Planet of the Apes. Nigel Gostelow (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) is executive producer. Dumbo is slated to hit theaters March 29, 2019.

Arkin was not only memorable in Edward Scissorhands, he’s one of the few actors working in the business today who’s consistently delivered top-notch performances throughout his 50-plus year career. From such early gems as Catch-22, The In-Laws and Freebie and the Bean, to more recent memorable turns in Little Miss Sunshine (which earned him his Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Argo, and Going in Style, Arkin’s presence on the big screen continues to loom large, and clearly Burton recognizes the value that the 83-year-old actor can bring to Dumbo.

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