The D23 Expo has already unpacked so much this weekend! One huge piece of news that will have Haunted Mansion fans rolling in their graves is some new cast that has been added to the film. It’s been revealed that Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, and Hasan Minaj are joining the all-star cast for this new film. Other cast members include Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, LaKeith Stanfield, Jared Leto, Tiffany Haddish, Ryder, Jamie Lee Curtis, Levy, Minaj, and Danny DeVito. Talk about an all-star cast!!
Justin Simien is directing the supernatural comedy film, which follows Dawson’s character Gabbie, a single mom with a nine-year-old son. According to Variety, the plot line is as follows:
Looking to start a new life, Gabbie buys a strangely affordable mansion in New Orleans. When they discover the mansion is haunted, Gabbie resorts to hiring a paranormal tour guide (Stanfield), a psychic (Haddish), a priest (Wilson), and a historian (DeVito) to help exorcise her newly bought mansion. The film will feature classic references to the classic Disneyland ride, including Leto’s character of the Hatbox Ghost. Jamie Lee Curtis will also play a character named Madame Leota.
“There was something about that ride that I felt was there in the script,” Simien told the audience at D23 Expo, “I wanted to be sure all the Easter Eggs are there because I’m a nerd.”
“I used to work here! I actually worked at Disneyland, y’all,” Simien said. “It was the best summer job I ever had. I used to ride the Haunted Mansion on breaks.”
“For me, there was something about that ride I felt was there in the script,” he said. “It was funny and full of interesting characters, but with a dark edge to it. I just related to it. It felt I knew how to make it. I love New Orleans, and I felt I had a responsibility here to make sure all the little easter eggs are there.” The D23 audience saw a new trailer that was not released to the public (cameras/filming was also not allowed).
This all ended with Jamie Lee Curtis appearring toward the end of the D23 segment, whisking Simien away in a car from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, not saying a word (hilarious and epic!).
“Haunted Mansion” is set to release in theaters on March 10, 2023. We could not be more excited about this highly anticipated film!
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