Colin Farrell to play ‘original and fun’ version of The Penguin in The Batman

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcom…

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.

The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcoming comic book adaptation, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.

And Farrell, who will be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader, said he’s looking forward to getting back to filming the thriller after production on the movie in the U.K. was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I had only started it and I can’t wait to get back,” the 43-year-old told Good Morning America. “The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it.”

Farrell also revealed that while he’s only in the movie for a short period, he has a few “tasty” scenes.

“I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back,” he shared.

And he’s looking forward to bringing his interpretation of the iconic Batman villain to the big screen.

“I totally feel like it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before. It feels original and fun. But I am only at the start of the journey so I can’t wait to get back and really get into it,” Farrell added.

The Batman, which also stars Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright, is set to be released in October 2021.

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Josh Gad calls for Ariana Grande to land Meg role in Hercules remake

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake. It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame …

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake.

It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.

In an interview with Variety, Disney regular Josh called for Ariana to portray Hercules’ love interest Megara, or Meg, in the remake.

“She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen,” he said.

The original Hercules is one of Ariana’s favourite films and she sang Meg’s song I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) during an at-home performance for the Disney Family Singalong TV special earlier this month. She also performed Zero to Hero live at the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration in 2015.

The 7 Rings hitmaker has yet to comment on the remake news on social media, but her fans have already started campaigning for her to get the part, with one even setting up a Change.org petition. It has almost 14,000 signatures.

In the Variety interview, Beauty and the Beast star Josh was also asked if he would like a part in Hercules, such as the half-man, half-god’s trainer, the satyr Philoctetes, which was originally voiced by Danny DeVito.

“I am good, I feel like I definitely have had and continue to have an incredible run of projects with the Disney company, but I don’t think anyone wants to see me take on yet another role in a live-action remake of an animated movie,” he replied. “I personally think they should just cast Danny DeVito again, that seems to (be the) best option.”

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Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage to star in comedy Brothers

Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage are set to star as mismatched siblings in comedy movie Brothers.Further details of the story are being kept under wraps, but the film will focus on two brothers and is loosely inspired by the classic 1988 comedy Twins, wh…

Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage are set to star as mismatched siblings in comedy movie Brothers.

Further details of the story are being kept under wraps, but the film will focus on two brothers and is loosely inspired by the classic 1988 comedy Twins, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, according to Variety.

Macon Blair has been tapped to direct the upcoming feature, with Brolin, Dinklage, and Andrew Lazar serving as producers.

Sources told the outlet that Brothers “is in the vein” of Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s iconic ’80s movie, which was directed by Ivan Reitman and followed the story of a pair of unlikely twins who were separated at birth.

Brolin and Dinklage previously starred in the Russo Brothers’ Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, however, the duo did not share a scene together.

While the Oscar-nominated actor played supervillain Thanos, Game of Thrones star Dinklage appeared briefly as weapons maker Eitri the Dwarf King in a scene alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god Thor.

After more than five years working as an actor, Blair made his directorial debut with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore in 2017, which starred Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood.

The 46-year-old also co-wrote and starred in the 2017 offbeat comedy Small Crimes alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and wrote thriller Hold the Dark in 2018, which starred starring Alexander Skarsgard and Jeffrey Wright.

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Colin Farrell hopeful for future Tim Burton projects

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nom…

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.

The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.

His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker a number of times.

When asked if Dumbo might possibly mark the start of a new collaborative partnership, the 42-year-old told Cover Media: “Oh I have no idea. That would be very optimistic of me to think yes… I could be one and done. Who knows?

“I loved working with him, yeah, yeah, yeah. I would do anything with him… I should be careful about what I say! I would love to work with him again, he was a joy. He’s so… every cell in his body just vibrates with creative energy, and he’s so playful. Not only is he a visual genius and master of the imagination, but he’s also got tonnes of heart! Yeah, he was a joy.”

Dumbo is now showing in cinemas around the world, with Tim putting his own spin on Disney’s 1941 original.

His story focuses more on the big-eared elephant’s relationships with humans, with Colin explaining the takeaway message.

“Just at its centre (Dumbo) is the time honoured idea that sometimes we kind of miss the mark in relation to inclusion and celebrating difference – not just accepting it but really celebrating it. And unfortunately, us human beings forget things like that are important,” he sighed.

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Tim Burton’s ‘weird’ family reunion on set of Dumbo

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children an…

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.

The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows, as well as two of his Batman stars; Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.

Asked about what it was like to work with them all again on Dumbo, Tim said at the London premiere of the new Disney live-action film on Thursday night (21Mar19) that it was just like a family reunion.

“It was very special on a movie like this, with Eva and Danny DeVito, who I’ve worked with three times, and Michael Keaton. Because it’s a movie about weird families, this is a weird family,” he shared to reporters on the red carpet at the Curzon Mayfair.

Danny was also in Big Fish and Mars Attacks!, while Michael starred as cult icon Beetlejuice in Tim’s 1988 movie of the same name.

“All you have to do is read their names and it’s like a beautiful, weird family,” he smiled of his cast, which also includes Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Sharon Rooney, who were all working with Tim for the first time.

He also touched on the message of his updated Dumbo tale.

“It represents just that; a very simple image, a flying elephant, represents all that (outsiders and people dealing with otherness) it puts it in very simple pure form,” Tim said.

Dumbo hits cinemas around the world from 27 March (19).

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Dumbo star Nico Parker auditioned for lead with stuffed animal

Dumbo star Nico Parker is embarrassed by her stuffed animal audition tape for the movie, even though the homemade video landed her the lead role.Nico tried out for director Tim Burton’s new live-action Disney film by acting out a touching moment with a…

Dumbo star Nico Parker is embarrassed by her stuffed animal audition tape for the movie, even though the homemade video landed her the lead role.

Nico tried out for director Tim Burton’s new live-action Disney film by acting out a touching moment with a plush polar bear on the kitchen floor of her home in London as her screenwriter dad, Ol Parker, shot the footage, and the rising teenage actress, who is now 14, can’t stand the thought of anyone viewing the tape again.

“The fact that it’s out there, that someone has it on, like, a computer somewhere, is horrifying,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Just thinking about it now makes me upset.”

Nico, who is Parker’s daughter with actress Thandie Newton, did not seek any help from her mum and dad as she set out to land the role, insisting, “When it came to acting, I didn’t really want advice. It was very much my own experience.”

“Her (Newton) giving me acting advice is a bit stressful, because I don’t know if you know, but she is better than I am.”

Nico stars in Dumbo opposite Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito, who also recently found himself in an embarrassing moment as he promoted the new film in Mexico – the 74 year old fell flat on his face as he walked up a flight of stairs at a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday (05Mar19).

“I tripped,” Danny told the crowd following the tumble as applause transformed into gasps.

“I think I’m OK,” he said after several people rushed to help him get back on his feet.

Danny went on to crack jokes throughout the press conference and his representative later confirmed to USA Today that the actor was “fine” after his fall.

Dumbo reaches U.S. theatres on 29 March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Tim Burton’s Dumbo has a completely new narrative’

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a…

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.

In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a one-armed war veteran and former circus star who is hired by ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for a newborn elephant.

While the reboot will honour the story of how the young Dumbo discovers how he can use his oversized ears to fly, Colin has now explained in an interview with Collider.com how the rest of the plot has been updated by screenwriter Ehren Kruger for viewers in 2019.

“Obviously, Tim was heavily involved in the working of the script and modifying it. It’s a completely new narrative,” he shared. “The one central thing that holds true in both the original animation and this is the flying elephant and the story of believing in yourself and finding something inside you that allows you to become the best version of what you never thought you could even be. And regardless of the things that sometimes society says should arrive us at being outcasts, they are the things that make us all individual and special and beautiful regardless of how crippling a certain thing may be.”

While much of the story for the Dumbo reboot is being kept under wraps, Colin had nothing but praise for his co-stars, including Hollywood icons Danny and Michael Keaton, who plays V.A. Vandemere, a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur.

And the star found working with Tim to be a dream come true, especially because the filmmaker was the mastermind behind one of his favourite features, 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands.

“He’s a dream. I would do anything with him. Anything with him. As much as I wanted to work with him before I met him, I’d like to work with him more a second time. He’s just the best, really,” the 42-year-old gushed.

The live-action Dumbo, also featuring Eva Green and Alan Arkin, is set to hit cinemas in late March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Dumbo reaffirms how individuality is a good thing’

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed…

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.

Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed the film’s “powerful” message.

“It’s such a powerful, universal story,” said Eva Green of the film. “You don’t need to be perfect to be loved.”

Green, 38, plays trapeze artist Colette Marchant, who is a member of Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici’s travelling circus.

In the film, former circus star Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, 42, is hired by Medici to care for Dumbo, who is initially a comedic attraction due to his oversized ears.

When Farrier discovers that Dumbo can fly, however, he and the rest of the struggling circus acts work tirelessly to make him a star.

“It reaffirms that individuality is a good thing,” Farrell remarked on the movie’s narrative, with DeVito, 74, adding that, “We need this movie right now.”

While the beloved 1941 animated original ends with Dumbo flying, the new adaptation begins that way, paving the way for a narrative that highlights the prejudices of modern-day society.

Speaking of the necessary change, Green shared her love for the original, emphasising that the new version is just “a new, modern take on it.”

Despite the political undertones, the movie is set to be an upbeat, vibrant experience, with DeVito highlighting that the film is all about “fun.”

“We got a flying elephant. C’mon! How much more fun can you have?” he exclaimed.

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Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito join voice cast of The One and Only Ivan

Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have been added to the voice cast of Disney’s The One and Only Ivan. The British actress and Matilda star have signed on to voice animated characters in the film, which centres on a silverback gorilla named Ivan and other…

Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have been added to the voice cast of Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

The British actress and Matilda star have signed on to voice animated characters in the film, which centres on a silverback gorilla named Ivan and other animals who live in a cage in a shopping mall. Further details about their roles have not been revealed at this stage.

They join the likes of Sam Rockwell, who will voice the titular Ivan, Angelina Jolie, who will portray Stella the elephant, and The Florida Project’s breakout child star Brooklynn Prince, who will voice a baby elephant named Ruby, a newcomer to the mall who inspires Ivan to plot their escape from captivity.

The movie will be a blend of live-action and CGI animation, and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston leads the acting cast, which also includes Ariana Greenblatt, who plays the young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, Ramon Rodriguez, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsuura.

The Disney adaptation went into production at Pinewood Studios outside of London this week (begs30Apr18) and is being directed by Thea Sharrock, who helmed the 2016 tearjerker Me Before You.

Ariana shared a behind-the-scenes look at the production on social media by sharing a picture of her getting her hair touched up as she reads a document while in a chair labelled “Julia”, her character.

“Set life #TheOneAndOnlyIvan,” she wrote in the caption alongside clapperboard and U.K. flag emojis.

Screenwriter and actor Mike White, whose previous work includes Pitch Perfect 3, School of Rock and The Emoji Movie, has written the script based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning book. Jolie is producing the project alongside Brigham Taylor and the late Allison Shearmur, who passed away in January.

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