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Posted: June 13, 2018

First look: ‘Dumbo’ by Tim Burton teaser trailer released

Tim Burton directs a new, live-action version of the Disney classic,
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Tim Burton directs a new, live-action version of the Disney classic, "Dumbo."

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

What do you get when Tim Burton, who is known for "The Nightmare Before Christmas," tries his hand at a new, reimagined, live-action version of the Disney classic “Dumbo?”

You get the teaser trailer that dropped Wednesday morning that gives the first look at the all-star cast and the baby elephant with huge ears that will bring a tear to your eye. 

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With the tear-jerking song “Baby Mine” playing, you get your first glimpse of Dumbo, an elephant that eventually learns to fly. You also see live actors like Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton,  Colin Farrell and Eva Green.

According to IMDB’s summary of the movie, Farrell’s character is hired by DeVito to care for Dumbo. But once Farrell’s on-screen children find out that Dumbo can soar, an entrepreneur played by Keaton and an aerial artist played by Green plot to make Dumbo a star. 

Watch the trailer below: 

“Dumbo” is scheduled to hit the big screen on March 29, 2019. It is one of a group of live action adaptations of classic Disney animated films including the upcoming films -- “The Lion King,” starring Beyonce and Donald Glover, “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Disney has already released live-action versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Maleficent,” a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty.”


Disney confirms Beyonce, Donald Glover, more for ‘The Lion King’ in 2019

Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Donald Glover and 11 other stars have been confirmed to be part of Walt Disney Studios’s upcoming remake of “The Lion King.”

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The official Twitter account for the company made the announcement Wednesday night. The film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who directed the successful remake of “The Jungle Book.”

“It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, Donald Glover will portray Simba, and Beyonce -- billed as Beyonce Knowles-Carter -- will voice Nala, Simba’s childhood friend and love interest.

Related: Report: Beyonce in talks to star in ‘The Lion King’ remake as Nala

The singer and mother of three confirmed the news on her Facebook page.

James Earl Jones is the only actor from the original 1994 version reprising his role. Jones will voice Mufasa, Simba’s father and the king who is killed by his brother Scar -- who will be portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Related: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover starring in Disney’s live-action ‘The Lion King’

Alfre Woodard will voice Sarabi, Mufasa’s wife and Simba’s mother. Rafiki, originally voiced by the late Robert Guillaume, will now be portrayed by John Kani. Billy Eichner will play Timon, who is best friends with Pumbaa, whom Seth Rogen will portray. John Oliver will voice Zazu.

Hyenas Ed and Banzai are now Azizi and Kamari, played by Eric Andre and Keegan-Michael Key, respectively. The third hyena, Shenzi, originally voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, will be portrayed by Florence Kasumba.

Young Simba and young Nala will be played by JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph, respectively.

Related: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover starring in Disney’s live-action ‘The Lion King’

“The Lion King” was initially reported as a live-action film, but it’s more likely going to be a CGI remake of the 2-D animated version.

The remake of “The Lion King” is set for a summer 2019 release.

Migos and their fans want the group cast as hyenas in ‘Lion King’ remake

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Migos and their fans want the group cast as hyenas in ‘Lion King’ remake

The rap trio Migos wants to put its stamp on the highly-anticipated remake of “The Lion King.”

On Sunday, Migos member Quavo posted his plea for the trio to make their Hollywood debut in the upcoming live-action remake, which already has an all-star cast including Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Alfree Woodard and Keegan-Michael Key.

Related: Disney confirms Beyonce, Donald Glover, more for ‘The Lion King’ in 2019

“Call us,” Quavo tweeted to Disney about the group playing the three hyenas.

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One problem, though. Key, comedian Eric Andre and actress Florence Kasumba have already been cast as hyenas in the new film, slated to premiere July 19, 2019.

The group’s fans were on board.

Twitter users offered numerous examples of how the group’s signature phraseology would fit right into the “Lion King” script.

As with many social media campaigns, Migos didn’t quite have everyone on board for the possibility of the group members playing the hyenas, partially because the parts were already cast to begin with.

            Disney announces next live-action remake; Guy Ritchie set to direct 'Aladdin'

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Disney announces next live-action remake; Guy Ritchie set to direct 'Aladdin'

Disney has given the go-ahead to its next live-action remake and has named a surprising choice as its director.

Disney announced that Guy Ritchie will direct a new version of the hit animated feature film "Aladdin," Deadline reported.

The movie, which centers around a "street rat" redeeming himself after using a genie to win the heart of a princess follows, other cartoon-to-live-action films like "Maleficent," "Cinderella," "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast," according to

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Ritchie is known for the first Robert Downey Jr. "Sherlock Holmes" films. 

Disney released its original "Aladdin" in 1992 with Robin Williams as the voice of Genie. It went on to win two Oscars

There's no word who will take over the role of Genie or who will portray the title character.

"Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson, will hit theaters on March 17. It will be followed by "Mary Poppins Returns," starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, on Dec. 25, 2018. "Mulan" is scheduled for November 2018. A live-action "The Lion King" has also been announced, with Jon Favreau is set to direct.

"Aladdin" has found new life on Broadway. The show, which opened on March 20, 2014, was nominated for Tony Awards in 2014 for best musical, best performance by an actor in a featured role, best book of a musical, best original score and best choreography. James Monroe Iglehart won best performance by an actor in a featured role for his take on Genie.

Mena Massoud cast as Aladdin in Disney live-action remake


Mena Massoud cast as Aladdin in Disney live-action remake

UPDATE: Disney announced the cast for its upcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin” Saturday on Twitter.

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Guy Ritchie started trying to find his Aladdin in a global casting call in March. So far 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the hero and his love interest Jasmine, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

They’re having a hard time finding a man who is in his 20s who can act and sing who is also either Middle Eastern or Indian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Production was scheduled for July. 

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One star has apparently already signed on for the role of Genie, originally made famous by Robin Williams. Will Smith was in talks on to play the magic man, Deadline reported in April. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith’s alleged role, E! News reported. Those in the know at the studio said they’re looking for someone known to play Jafar, the villain, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As for Jasmine, studio sources say two actresses are in the running: Naomi Scott from the recent “Power Rangers” movie and Tara Sutaria. But the final decision won’t happen until the studio gets its Aladdin, according to The Hollywood Reporter..

Disney is eyeing more live-action remakes of its hit movies. This year, “Mary Poppins: Returns” is scheduled to hit the big screen this December. It is being touted as a sequel to the original film. They’re also working on live-action versions of “Mulan,” “The Lion King” and “Dumbo” 

Lin-Manuel Miranda will go ‘Under the Sea,’ team up for live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will go ‘Under the Sea,’ team up for live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

He’s already made his name on Broadway, and it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Disney front too, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Miranda is going nonstop, no telling how far he’ll go, already co-starring in the sequel of “Mary Poppins.” He took his shot and wrote the ear-worm soundtrack that breathed live into “Moana.”

Now, the “Hamilton” writer will be working on new songs for the score of the upcoming live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.”

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Miranda, who calls himself a lifelong Disney fan, will compose with Alan Menken. Miranda was first attached to the film a year ago, but no details were given when it was announced. Menken made the collaboration announcement at the recent D23 Expo, Entertainment Weekly reported.

He also performed a medley of the songs he wrote with his former creative partner Howard Ashman, who died in 1991.

Almost a year ago, Miranda took over the mouse house’s Instagram, putting his own take on many popular Disney classics. There may be a “Mermaid” song in there, and you’re welcome.

Mary Poppins: Returns” hits theaters this December.

No date has been released for “The Little Mermaid” remake.

Disney finds its Mulan, casts Liu Yifei in title role

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Disney finds its Mulan, casts Liu Yifei in title role

Disney’s gotten down to business to cast its Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake.

Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast to portray the Chinese heroine, Deadline reported.

The mouse house made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Casting directors auditioned almost 1,000 actresses in five countries to find an actress with martial arts skills who can speak English and has what the Hollywood Reporter called a “star quality.”

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Disney looked specifically for an ethnically Chinese woman to play Mulan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Liu lived in Queens as a child.

Liu has been on television dramas since the mid-2000s and has been in “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Outcast” and “The Chinese Widow.”

She has also been a brand ambassador for Dior, Garnier and Pantene, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The story of Mulan was first animated by Disney in 1998 with Ming-Na Wen voicing the daughter who disguised herself to fight in her father’s place in fifth-century China.

The live-action Mulan is slated to hit theaters in 2019 and will combine the original ballad of Hua Mulan with the Disney-created story from 1998, Deadline reported.