The Academy Award nominee would star as the film's villain.

By Derek Lawrence
April 04, 2017 at 08:14 PM EDT
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It’s no Beetlejuice 2, but Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are on the verge of reuniting.

The Academy Award nominee is in talks to star as the villain in Burton’s live-action Dumbo remake, EW has confirmed, playing a man who buys the circus from its current owner (Danny DeVito) “in order to exploit the lovable elephant and his mother,” according to Variety, which first reported the news.

If Keaton does come aboard Disney’s update of the 1941 animated film, it would bring him back together with the director who he had great success with early in his career on Beetlejuice, Batman, and lastly in 1992’s Batman Returns.

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The Birdman actor is already flexing his villain muscles for another upcoming big-budget film. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, which flies into theaters on July 7, Keaton is taking flight as Peter Parker’s antagonist Vulture.

Reps for Keaton tell EW the actor is not in active negotiations right now for the role.

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