Jared Leto Brings the Menacing Hatbox Ghost to Life in the “Haunted Mansion” Trailer
It’s going to be a very spooky summer. This July, Disney is releasing their new “Haunted Mansion” remake, and it features a star-studded cast and lots of scares. In the full trailer, released May 16, fans see LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, and Rosario Dawson try to fight off the terrifying Hatbox Ghost, brought to life by Jared Leto.
The original 2003 film starred Eddie Murphy as an overworked realtor who gets trapped in a ghost-infested mansion with his family. That version was heavily panned, earning a 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The reboot’s director, Justin Simien, told Entertainment Weekly on May 10 that he actually used Murphy’s movie to see how he could “go awry” by moving too far away from the Disneyland ride on which both movies are based. The attraction, which first opened in California’s Disneyland in 1969, was initially conceptualized as a walk-through by Walt Disney himself and soon turned into a ride that took visitors through an eerie mansion in Louisiana. Eventually, Haunted Mansions popped up in various iterations at Disney’s parks around the world.
Like the original ride, the new “Haunted Mansion” is set in a haunted house in New Orleans. “When I got the job, the first thing we did was we extensively toured [the ride],” the director told EW. Simien actually used to work as Disneyland, so his affection for the attraction runs deep. He told the outlet that some parts of the film basically copy the ride – the designs of some chairs, the doorknobs, some paintings – but there that are also Easter eggs that fans of the ride will love finding. One of those callbacks is the character played by Jamie Lee Curtis: Madame Leota, who appears during the ride’s seance scene inside a crystal ball.
Read ahead for everything else we know about the new “Haunted Mansion.”