EW.com has shared a first-look image at Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota in Disney’s upcoming “Haunted Mansion” live-action movie. Per the outlet, “She starts off as one of the relics, one of the items, one of the aspects of the house that has to be discovered, but becomes a functional character and a useful ally in the film,” Simien explains of Leota. You can see the first look image below:
EW also shared a side-by-side comparison image of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction and director Justin Simien’s version for the movie. Per the outlet, “When I got the job, the first thing we did was we extensively toured [the ride],” says Simien. The original attraction opened at the California resort in 1969 before becoming a global hit via the launch of four other incarnations (some with more aesthetic similarities to the OG house than others). The Disneyland team granted him access to both the ride’s physical set pieces as well as its backstory “bible,” which explains the full canon of the final ride Walt Disney oversaw designing before his death in 1966.
You can see that image below:
You can read the full EW.com article on “The Haunted Mansion” here.
Walt Disney Pictures’ “Haunted Mansion,” is based on Disney’s classic theme parks attraction and stars a star-studded ensemble cast that includes LaKeith Stanfield “Knives Out,” Tiffany Haddish “Bad Trip,” Owen Wilson Marvel’s “Loki,” Danny DeVito “Jumanji: The Next Level,” Rosario Dawson “Zombieland: Double Tap” and Chase Dillon “The Underground Railroad.”
It has also been reported that Jamie Lee Curtis will play Madame Leota and Jared Leto will play Alistair Crump/The Hatbox Ghost.
Additionally, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy and Hasan Minaj will also appear in the movie.
The film is directed by Justin Simien “Bad Hair,” “Dear White People” and produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich “Aladdin.” Nick Reynolds “Easter Sunday” and Tom Peitzman “The Lion King” are the executive producers.
In this mysterious adventure, a doctor (Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Dillon), looking to start a new life, move into a strangely affordable mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that the place is much more than they bargained for. Desperate for help, they contact a priest (Wilson), who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Haddish) and a crotchety historian (DeVito).
“Haunted Mansion” will release in theaters on July 28, 2023.
You can watch a teaser for the movie below: