Following the recent addition of Oscar nominee Owen Wilson (Loki), Deadline brings word that Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian) has officially been tapped to star in Walt Disney Studios’ new live-action film adaptation of the Haunted Mansion, based on one of its popular theme park attractions. Wilson and Dawson are set to join previously confirmed cast members LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls’ Trip). The live-action film is expected to start production in Louisiana next month.
Haunted Mansion will be directed by Justin Simien (Dear White People) from a screenplay written by Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation). Further details about the new adaptation’s plot are still being kept under wraps, but Stanfield will reportedly play a widower who once believed in the supernatural but is now a rather lifeless tour guide in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Meanwhile, Haddish will portray a psychic hired to commune with the dead.
The titular theme park was first adapted into the 2003 film which starred Eddie Murphy as a workaholic realtor who along with his family gets trapped inside a mansion inhabited by ghosts.
The new Haunted Mansion movie is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin) of Rideback. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will serve as executive producer.
The project comes after the recent successful launch of Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily. A sequel to the action-adventure film is currently in the works.