Aside from just how cute the elephant is, the main thing a lot of people have noticed about the Dumbo remake is just how similar young star Nico Parker looks to her mother, acclaimed actor Thandie Newton.
And apparently, when director Tim Burton learned about the family connection, he considered asking Newton to join the Dumbo cast for a very meta cameo.
Producer Derek Frey explained to RadioTimes.com that he and Burton had no idea that Parker was related to Thandie Newton when she was first cast.
“The casting director, Susie Figgis, did not divulge that to us when we first saw Nico,” Frey said.
“We were informed of that after Tim had looked and processed things. I think that was a smart move, because [Susie] wanted Tim to get a pure response, without any other kind of ideas or thoughts or anything that would distract him in any way.”