Well, there’s a fine line between humor and horror, and Disney’s reboot of The Haunted Mansion seems to be straddling that boundary.
Last month, it was reported that Owen Wilson had joined the growing cast of the film, and now it’s veteran comedic actor Danny DeVito who has come on board, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DeVito and Wilson will team up with the previously announced LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish and Rosario Dawson in the movie based one of The Mouse’s most popular theme park rides.
DeVito–best known for his classic TV roles on Taxi and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and his big-screen appearances in Batman Returns and Romancing the Stone–will portray a “smug professor” in the reboot.
Very few specifics are known about the storyline, but the film will follow a mother and son “who come across a mansion that is more than it seems, while being orbited by characters key to undressing a spooky mystery,” according to the official synopsis.
The reboot of the 2003 horror/comedy starring Eddie Murphy is directed by Justin Simien and written by Katie Dippold. The movie–shooting now in New Orleans and Atlanta–is described as a “completely different take” on the theme ride “that stands on its own.” The mansion will be haunted by such luminaries as Madame Leota, the skeletal Bride and the Hatbox Ghost.
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