Disney’s D23 Expo is underway in Anaheim, California and bringing plenty of Disney-related news and announcements with it. In the first major panel of the convention, director Justin Simien took to the stage to deliver some casting developments for his upcoming Haunted Mansion movie. This announcement came after the debut trailer for yet another spooky classic, Hocus Pocus 2, which will return the Sanderson Sisters to their witchy ways later this year.
Most notably, Jamie Lee Curtis will be joining the production to play Madame Leota, the Mansion’s resident psychic who appears as a ghostly head inside a levitating crystal ball. Simien also teased that Jared Leto may be playing the Hatbox Ghost–another iconic character who was present for the ride’s original conception, and then removed for several decades, only to be restored as a brand new animatronic in 2015. Simien played coy with that particular announcement, however, and only winked at the possibility of Leto appearing. Unlike Curtis, Leto was not on-hand at the show.
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Author: Mason Downey