By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
It’s time to grab your Doom Buggy and make your way to a theater—after more than a decade in the works, “Haunted Mansion” is set to release, featuring ties to Palisadian actors.
Disney’s “Haunted Manion” film, which has been described as a supernatural horror comedy, features two ties to the Palisades: longtime resident Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Levy, son of Honorary Mayor Eugene Levy.
“A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest and historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts,” according to a synopsis on IMDb.
The cast is rounded out by LaKeith Stanfield (Ben, a paranormal tour guide), Tiffany Haddish (a psychic named Harriet), Owen Wilson (Kent, a priest), Danny DeVito (historian Bruce), Rosario Dawson (the mom, Gabbie) and Jared Leto (Hatbox Ghost).
Winona Ryder will be featured as Pat, a New Orleans tour guide, and Chase W. Dillon is Travis, Gabbie’s son.
Curtis plays the role of Madame Leota, who appears in the trailer in a psychic’s ball, demanding a $3 payment before sharing what she knows about the house. Levy’s role has been undisclosed.
Those who have visited Disneyland will spot some familiar scenery: The movie, which is based on the ride of the same name at the theme park, features several of the settings that are part of it, including the stretching room and main hallway.
The film was first announced in July 2010, with Guillermo del Toro set to write and produce. In August 2020, it was reported that Katie Dippold would write a new screenplay, as del Toro’s was “too scary for family audiences.”
This marks the second film adaption of the theme park attraction, following a previous iteration in 2003. It is directed by Justin Simien, and produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich.
“Haunted Mansion,” which has a rating of PG-13, is set to release on July 28.
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