Halloween Ends is finally out, but scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t done with spooky franchises as she is set to appear in Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
The actress, who plays Madame Leota, spoke with Entertainment Weekly and shared what to expect from the highly-anticipated project. “I think they found the sweet spot of scary, funny, and adventure. You know, it’s cooking. I barely cook, I attempt cooking all the time, and it’s all ingredients, and then the mix and the time, and it’s always hard to know, are you going to make something yummy? And from what I’m seeing, and what I’ve heard, Justin has made something yummy. It’s modern, fresh, old-fashioned, and scary, but not scary like a monster movie. It’s scary like a Disney ride, and funny. If you go on that ride, there’s a lot of humor as well as the scary, ghost-y stuff.”
While those in attendance at the Walt Disney Studios panel at last month’s D23 Expo got to see some footage for the film, Curtis wouldn’t go into much more details about the project but did say, “I’m giving something away — all of a sudden Disney’s going to come in and grab by the throat and take me out and pummel me, I have never in my life worn costumes as beautiful as [the ones] made for me by Jeffrey Kurland [Haunted Mansion costume designer] in this movie — in my life. That’s my big secret!”
Based on the popular Disneyland attraction, Haunted Mansion follows a single mom named Gabbie and her 9-year-old son, 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, who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned-failed-paranormal expert, a French Quarter psychic, and a crotchety historian to help exorcise the mansion.
Directed by Justin Simien (Dear White People) from a screenplay by Katie Dippold the film also stars Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Chase Dillon, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Jared Leto, and Danny DeVito.
Haunted Mansion will welcome foolish mortals when it hits theaters on August 11, 2023.