According to reports, Danny DeVito will reprise his role as Phil in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Hercules.
The beloved animated film from 1997 featured the voice of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Philoctetes, a sarcastic satyr who takes the title character’s super-strong demigod under his wing and helps him learn to handle his strength.
Robert Costanzo provided the voice of Phil in the 1998 animated series, in which DeVito did not return; however, it appears that the Matilda actor may harness his inner satyr for the live-action version.
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“I am the live-action Hercules,” DeVito joked when asked if he’d return during the WIRED Autocomplete Interview last year.
“If they don’t put me in that, they don’t have a hair on their ass,” he added.
The live-action movie is in the early stages of production and will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes series) and produced by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame, The Gray Man).
Insiders told Giant Freakin Robot that DeVito would play Phil again, although no official confirmation has been given as of yet.
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Meanwhile, it appears that the Taxi star is interested in revisiting more than just the part of Phil.
The actor talked about maybe reprising his role as DC villain Oswald Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin, who he initially played in 1992’s Batman Returns directed by Tim Burton.
“I feel like it’s not out of the question that The Penguin will return someday, but this is all up to Tim [Burton], whether or not Tim wants to do this,” he told Forbes two years ago.
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“I would say that could be in the cards because we ain’t dead yet.
“We could do a continuation of what we had in the past because that was truly a brilliant movie.
“They afforded me that opportunity and I feel very grateful and would I like to revisit it? Why not! It was a really great moment in time for me.”
And while a new Penguin movie with DeVito may not be in the works right now, Colin Farrell just played the infamous villain in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the main character.
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For a previously planned HBO Max series, Farrell will reprise the part. Cristin Milioti, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Michael Kelly will also appear.
It is anticipated to debut later this year or in the first quarter of 2024 and is simply titled The Penguin.
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