Danny DeVito Joins LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson in ‘Haunted Mansion’ (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter

Danny DeVito has joined the luminous cast of Haunted Mansion , Disney’s ghostly family adventure based on one of the company’s signature theme park rides.

DeVito, whose last big-screen studio appearance was in 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level, boards a project that already has LaKeith Stanfield , Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson on the call sheet.

Justin Simien, who previously helmed Dear White People and Bad Hair , is making his big-budget studio debut on Mansion , which began production last week in New Orleans and Atlanta.

The details of the story and script by Katie Dippold are being kept deep in the bayou. The film follows a mother and her son who come across a mansion that is more than it seems while being orbited by various characters key to undressing the spooky mystery.

DeVito will play a smug professor.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing live-action remake of Aladdin, are producing via their Rideback banner. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds is executive producing.

DeVito is a veteran comedic actor whose more than 100 credits range from seminal 1970s TV series Taxi to major movies such as Romancing the Stone and Batman Returns , and appearing, for over the last 15 years, in long-running comedy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

He is due to reteam with helmer Ivan Reitman and star Arnold Schwarzenegger for Triplets , a sequel to 1988 comedy hit, Twins . The decades-long gestating project, which has yet to land a distributor, is gearing up for a winter production start, with Tracy Morgan added to the mix.

DeVito is repped by CAA.

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