Will Smith circling lead role in Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo

Disney executives are pushing hard to start production on the remake.

Will Smith is reportedly heading to the circus after showing interest in director Tim Burton's live-action remake of classic Disney film Dumbo.

Walt Disney Studios executives announced last April (16) the 1941 animated picture about the lovable, flying elephant would be re-adapted for the big screen with the Alice in Wonderland director at the helm, and sources tell Deadline Smith is the first actor to be attached to the project.

According to the outlet, producers are currently pushing hard to set a production start date for Dumbo, with a script penned by Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Brothers Grimm.

Should Ali star Will join the cast, he will be stepping back into family-friendly cinema for the first time in years - After Earth, which also starred his son Jaden, was the closest thing to a family movie he's made recently.

Disney currently has a string of live-action remakes in the works, including the highly-anticipated revamp of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson, which is scheduled to hit cinemas this spring (17). Other projects in development include a 101 Dalmatians remake, starring Emma Stone, and a Mary Poppins spin-off with Emily Blunt as the magical nanny.

Meanwhile, Smith is also working on several other projects following the huge box office success of his DC Comics film Suicide Squad last year (16). He has reteamed with Suicide Squad filmmaker David Ayer for Netflix drama Bright, which will also feature Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton. Will is also reteaming with his Bad Boys co-star Martin Lawrence on Bad Boys For Life.

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