Disney is looking to cast Will Smith in director Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Dumbo. The film will be based on Disney's classic 1941 animated film. The report says that the studio “is moving aggressively toward a production start,” but there's not much information on what Burton's plans are with his adaptation. If you've seen the original Dumbo, then I'm sure you have a pretty good idea of how the story will play out. Of course, I imagine the director will be taking some creative liberties to put his own unique style and spin on on the story about a circus elephant with huge ears that learns how to fly.
When the project was first announced, we learned that the movie would be a mix of CG animation and live action. All that was said about the studio's plans was, “It’s a big world,” which leads us to believe the story will be much bigger than the original story. It's also been said that the movie will include “a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s journey.”
There's no information on who Smith will be playing in the film, but I imagine he would take on the role of someone who works in the traveling circus that Dumbo travels with or he will be playing the father in this family story. Maybe he plays the father of a family who works for the circus.
I like Smith. I think he's a talented actor and this could be a great project for him. He's currently prepping to star in Joe Carnahan's Bad Boys For Life and he's currently shooting Bright with director David Ayer.