For those unable to visit Disney’s theme parks this summer, there’s good news. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved Haunted Mansion ride will provide fans with a taste of the attraction’s magic. Featuring an impressive ensemble cast, including the renowned Danny DeVito, a newly released image showcases DeVito in character as Bruce, a professor and avid believer in the supernatural.
The star-studded Haunted Mansion lineup also includes LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, and the recent Oscar-winning Jaime Lee Curtis. The story follows a single mother who seeks the assistance of a team of self-proclaimed experts to rid her new home of unwelcome paranormal activity. Adding to the excitement, Rosario Dawson, who is set to appear in the highly anticipated Star Wars series Ahsoka on Disney+ this August, also stars in the film.
Danny DeVito, one of the prominent names associated with Haunted Mansion, dons a raincoat and hat in the new image. Speaking to Empire, DeVito humorously remarked, “I’m shrink-wrapped into this. I’m like a piece of meat in this.” His character’s stylish appearance apparently reflects his meticulous nature, as the actor explained, “as soon as I saw it, I said, ‘This is my whole character in a nutshell, right?’ He’s very, very particular.” DeVito even joked about drawing inspiration from his own encounters with the unknown, stating, “yesterday I was just sitting around, working on something, and I saw this bird. Now I’ve seen that bird several times. I don’t know if it’s the same bird, but I got a feeling it may be… you could say, it’s a coincidence, but if something happens again and again and again, is it a sign? How do you interpret it?”
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A Return to the Haunted Mansion
This isn’t the first time the beloved Disney attraction has received the big-screen treatment. In 2003, Eddie Murphy led the cast in The Haunted Mansion, which also featured notable actors such as Marsha Thomason, Terence Stamp, and Jennifer Tilly. However, the film received a lukewarm critical reception, currently holding a meager 14% score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, it proved to be a box office success, grossing $182.3 million worldwide against its $90 million budget. The upcoming film undoubtedly aims to surpass its predecessor’s achievements. Director Justin Simien reflected on the first film’s flaws, admitting to Entertainment Weekly that he “had a little bit of beef with the first film.” He further confessed to studying it extensively to navigate potential pitfalls during the production of his own adaptation.
Haunted Mansion is set to haunt theaters on July 28. Watch the film’s trailer below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Disney’s Haunted Mansion
What is the Haunted Mansion film about?
Who is Danny DeVito’s character in the film?
Danny DeVito plays the role of Bruce, a professor and paranormal enthusiast in the Haunted Mansion film.
When will the Haunted Mansion film be released?
The film is set to be released in theaters on July 28.
Is this the first Haunted Mansion film adaptation?
No, this is not the first adaptation of the Haunted Mansion. In 2003, a film titled The Haunted Mansion was released, starring Eddie Murphy.
How was the previous Haunted Mansion film received?
The previous Haunted Mansion film received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success at the box office. It grossed $182.3 million worldwide.
Who else is part of the cast?
The Haunted Mansion film features a star-studded cast including LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Jaime Lee Curtis, and Rosario Dawson.