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DUMBO: Michael Keaton May Play Villain

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Michael Keaton In Running To Play Villain In Dumbo Remake

Academy Award-nominated Birdman star Michael Keaton is being considered for the role of the villain in Disney‘s live-action Dumbo reboot.

As anyone who has been following movie news for the past couple months will tell you, Dumbo isn’t the only upcoming movie where viewers might get the chance to see Keaton play a villain. He will soon be appearing as The Vulture in Sony PicturesSpider-Man: Homecoming, a role that will also mark his return to the superhero genre almost 30 years after first playing Batman in Tim Burton‘s 1989 film of the same name.

By remarkable coincidence, Burton is slated to headline the movie for Disney, which is set to follow the story of the original with the addition of a new subplot involving a family whose story has close parallels to the titular character.

Per Comingsoon.net, the source of this story:

The film already has a number of cast members, including Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar ChildrenPenny Dreadful), Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Danny DeVito (CheersIt’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia). Keaton would play the person who buys the circus from DeVito’s character to use the flying elephant for profit.

Keaton was nominated for an Academy Award for 2014’s Birdman and starred in Spotlight, which won Best Picture for 2015.

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