Yesterday, reports surfaced that Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis would be playing Madame Leota in the upcoming Haunted Mansion remake. Now, a new actor has been revealed for another iconic role.
According to One Take News, Morbius star Jared Leto has joined the all-star cast that also includes Tiffany Haddish, LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, and Danny DeVito.
The Haunted Mansion follows a doctor (Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Dillon), who are looking to start a new life, move into a strangely affordable mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that the place is much more than they bargained for. Desperate for help, they contact a priest (Wilson), who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Haddish), and a crotchety historian (DeVito).
Jared Leto will play the iconic Disneyland animatronic The Hatbox Ghost.
The Hatbox Ghost is a particularly infamous and iconic spectre among the 999 ghosts of the Haunted Mansion. Haunting the attic alongside the Bride (later Constance), he is remarkable mainly for his legacy of being the “lost ghost” of the attraction, originally appearing briefly when the mansion opened 1969, but sadly the technology to make his effect work was not there yet and then the animatronic suddenly vanished without a trace. On May 9, 2015, however, the character was reintroduced to the mansion at Disneyland.
Simien, who was previously announced to be working on a Lando Calrissian solo series for Disney+, and directed the critically acclaimed series Dear White People is directing. Kris Bowers, who scored King Richard, has been tasked with composing the iconic music from the attraction to the film.
Haunted Mansion is slated to spook up audiences in theaters on March 10, 2023. We should expect our first look at the film, with a possible trailer, this September during Disney’s bi-annual D23 Expo this September in Anaheim, California.