The happy haunts are beginning to materialize! We’re thrilled to share a first look from Entertainment Weekly of Madame Leota’s floating head, from the new film ‘Haunted Mansion’.
Seen in her iconic crystal ball, Madame Leotas inclusion in the project was Director Justin Simien’s nod to “the rides extensive lore”. He shares that featuring Curtis as Madame Leota breathes new life into the classic property. “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. In the film, the medium assists a single mother (Rosario Dawson) and her young son in ridding their New Orleans home of infesting spirits.
The visual cues Simien employs to introduce the audience to his version of Leota might ring a bell of nostalgia, but the story built around her is “entirely new,” the filmmaker stresses. Its foundation is rooted firmly in Haunted Mansion history, with the house becoming a vital character in itself.
Notable stars in the film include Rosario Dawson as single mother Gabbie, Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota, Owen Wilson as priest Kent, LaKeith Stanfield as paranormal tour guide Ben Matthias, Tiffany Haddish as Harriet the Psychic, Danny DeVito as a College History Professor, and Jared Leto as The Hat-Box Ghost.
Take a look at the trailer for ‘Haunted Mansion’ below:
‘Haunted Mansion’ is expected to hit theaters on July 28, 2023.