Disney’s Haunted Mansion reboot has added Oscar nominee Owen Wilson to its cast. The Loki star will be joining Tiffany Haddish and LaKeith Stanfield in the family adventure spookfest which is based on one of Disney’s signature theme park rides.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Owen Wilson starrer will be directed by Justin Simien of (Dear White People fame) from a screenplay written by Katie Dippold (The Heat, Ghostbusters, Parks, and Recreation). Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin, are producing via their Rideback banner.
There is currently very little information about the plot, but the story is said to follow a family that moves into the titular mansion. In July, details emerged with the premise focusing on a single mom named Gabbie and her son purchasing the estate and hiring a tour guide, a psychic, a priest, and a historian to help exorcise the mansion’s ghosts.
However, other reports state that LaKeith Stanfield will play a widower who once believed in the supernatural but is now a dreary tour guide in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Tiffany Haddish will portray a psychic hired to commune with the dead. Owen Wilson’s role is still unknown.
Owen Wilson’s new project begins shooting in Atlanta this October and follows in the footsteps of the recently released Jungle Cruise as the next Disney theme park ride to be adapted into a film. The Dwayne Johnson film has grossed over $106 million at the domestic box office even as it streams on Disney+.
The Haunted Mansion reboot is not connected to the 2003 horror/comedy directed by Rob Minkoff and written by David Berenbaum. The original film was led by Eddie Murphy as a realtor who becomes trapped in a mansion inhabited by ghosts. Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, and Jennifer Tilly appeared in supporting roles. The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics and earned $182.3 million worldwide on a $90 million budget.
Owen Wilson breathed new life into his already impressive career when he played Mobius, a middle manager who works with Tom Hiddleston’s God of mischief in Marvel’s Loki. The comedic genius will soon be seen in The French Dispatch, the latest film from frequent collaborator Wes Anderson. And he starred in the Amazon Prime original film Bliss earlier this year with Salma Hayek.
The Wedding Crashers star is also set to appear in Marry Me for Universal Pictures. The romantic comedy is directed by Kat Coiro from a screenplay by John Rogers, Tami Sagher, and Harper Dill. The movie stars Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, John Bradley, Michelle Buteau, Chloe Coleman, and Maluma.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Bobby Crosby, the story follows a Latin pop star (Jennifer Lopez) who, after learning that her on-stage partner has been having an affair, chooses to marry a stranger (Owen Wilson) holding a “Marry Me” sign at her concert. Marry Me will be released theatrically in February 2022.