Tim Burton's Dumbo flies with Alan Arkin

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Aug 17, 2017

Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo is really filling out, and now the Disney flick has added Oscar winner Alan Arkin to its cast.

According to Variety, Arkin will play J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon. Not much else is known about his role, but this new updated version of Dumbo "follows Holt [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 him to care for a newborn elephant whose oversize ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere [Michael Keaton] and aerial artist Colette Marchant [Eva Green] swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star."

Arkin has appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows in his 60-year career. Among some of his most notable projects: Little Miss Sunshine (the role for which he won the Oscar), Argo, Gattaca, and Glengarry Glen Ross. He previously worked with Burton on Edward Scissorhands.

Obviously, Arkin isn't the only Burton alumnus in the cast. Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman), DeVito (Batman Returns), and Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) are also savvy Burton vets. And though this is Farrell's first project with the director, he did flourish in an earlier Disney effort, Saving Mr. Banks.

Dumbo is currently scheduled to hit theaters Mar. 29, 2019. Will you be watching?