‘Haunted Mansion’: Rosario Dawson Joins the Disney Film’s Cast

Disney’s spooky attraction is getting another movie makeover and all the fans are eager to visit. The news on the ever-growing cast of Haunted Mansion, a new version of Disney’s 2003 movie, has since been getting audiences excited.

Adding to the excitement further, Deadline reported Rosario Dawson has also joined the cast of the movie. 

Rosario Dawson, in a white blouse, during the press tour for her show 'Briarpatch.'
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What do we know about ‘Haunted Mansion’ so far?

The live-action Disney movie will be directed by Justin Simien, who also directed the 2014 movie Dear White People. Disney announced the movie last year. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who also produced Disney’s live-action Aladdin, will produce the movie under their banner Rideback. Katie Dippold has written the script of the movie.

Since its announcement, Disney fans were waiting to hear about the casting of the film. In July this year, it was reported that LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish had signed on for the movie. Stanfield earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of William O’Neal in Judas and the Black Messiah in 2020. Haddish will next be seen in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent alongside Nicolas Cage.

While not a lot is known about when production and filming for the movie will begin. Recently, reports emerged that Owen Wilson has also joined the cast of the movie.

Rosario Dawson is joining the cast of the movie

Adding to the talented roaster of actors on the movie, Jane the Virgin actor, Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of the Disney movie. Already seen as Jedi Ahsoka Tano on Disney+’s The  Mandalorian, Dawson’s last film appearance was in The Water Man this year.

Dawson is also slated to appear on Hulu’s limited series Dopesick later this year. Without more details about the cast’s roles, speculation about which actor will play what role has already begun.

Fans have been referring back to the Disney theme park attraction that inspired the movie to guess which character Dawson and the others might be playing. 

‘Haunted Mansion’ is based on the famous Disney ride

The movie, like the iteration from 2003, is based on the Haunted Mansion ride which debuted in 1969. Today, it is a major attraction at both Disneyland and Disney World. The ride-through tour in Omnimover vehicles takes the park goers through a creepy and scary manor. The tour is laid with different supernatural characters that appear and attempt to frighten the visitors. 

Some of the well-known characters in the Haunted Mansion ride are Madame Leota, the spirit of the psychic medium, the skeletal bride, and the Hatbox Ghost with a cloak. These characters, combined with theatrical and modern special effects make the tour a spooky and fan-favorite attraction for park-goers.

Over the years, versions of the Haunted Mansion have popped up in other Disney theme parks across the globe too. With such a popular attraction on their hands, it’s no wonder that Disney tried to replicate the experience on screen. 

While the 2003 Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy performed decently at the box office, some other movies that were inspired by park rides, like Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise have done better.

At a time when nostalgic recreation is all the buzz, Disney is giving the Haunted Mansion movie a second shot. How the movie will do this time, will only be revealed later.

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