Dumbo movie 2019: cast, trailer, release date and soundtrack revealed

7 February 2019, 15:08 | Updated: 7 February 2019, 15:20

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Disney has just released the third trailer for Tim Burton’s much-anticipated live-action remake of the animated classic, Dumbo. From the cast and trailer to the soundtrack, here’s everything you need to know.

Dumbo (2019) will soar into UK and US cinemas on 29 March this year.

The live-action remake, spearheaded by director Tim Burton, is one in a long line of upcoming Disney remakes, including The Lion King, Aladdin and Pinocchio.

The story of the big-eared elephant will be loosely based on the original 1941 animated film, which was itself based on the 1939 novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

Colin Farrell to play ex-circus entertainer Holt Farrier
Colin Farrell to play ex-circus entertainer Holt Farrier. Picture: Getty

Who has been cast in Dumbo?

Colin Farrell is 2019’s answer to Hugh Jackman, playing the lead role of ex-circus entertainer Holt Farrier.

Having returned from war, Holt is given the responsibility of looking after a newborn elephant, whose oversized ears are the laughing stock of the circus.

The trailer shows circus owner Max Medici, played by Danny DeVito, saying: “What is that? A face only a mother could love,” staring at Dumbo’s over-sized ears. “You have until tomorrow night to fix that,” he tells Farrier. “Make those ears disappear.”

Michael Keaton plays the cunning entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, who tells Medici: “You have something very rare,” as he pitches a plan to use the flying elephant in the circus. “You have wonder. You have magic. Come with me. Together we can soar on that elephant’s wings.”

Aerial artist Colette Marchant is played by Eva Green, while Alan Arkin plays Wall Street tycoon J. Griffin Remington.

Dumbo movie 2019
Dumbo movie 2019. Picture: Walt Disney Pictures

Who wrote the soundtrack to Dumbo?

The music for the 1941 animation of Dumbo, by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace, won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Churchill and lyricist Ned Washington were also nominated for Best Original Song for ‘Baby Mine’, sung by Bette Midler.

The live-action remake is expected to feature a number of tracks from Churchill and Wallace’s score. The most recent trailer features clips of Dumbo taking flight alongside a delicate new version of ‘Baby Mine’ sung by Norwegian popstar Aurora, who voiced ‘Half the World Away’ in the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert.