Ryan Gosling to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s The Haunted Mansion

By  · Published on April 10th, 2015


Hey girl, now we know the story behind that photo of Ryan Gosling and Guillermo del Toro on the Radiator Springs Racers ride at Disney California Adventure earlier this year. According to The Wrap, the two are teaming up for the latter’s The Haunted Mansion, another attempt to turn the Disneyland dark ride into a movie following the 2003 flop starring Eddie Murphy.

Reports on the actor and director’s special day together noted that they had also gone to the Disneyland park and that the Haunted Mansion was one of the rides they enjoyed. But clearly, even if they are just two Disneyland fans who had a full day of fun throughout, their primary objective was to scope out that single attraction. It will be the first Disney movie for the former The All New Mickey Mouse Club star since 2000’s Remember the Titans.

I’m a little surprised that del Toro is still making The Haunted Mansion given that his upcoming feature Crimson Peak is also about a haunted mansion. Sure, one’s for grown ups and one will be for whole families, but there will be some overlap in those audiences. Especially with Gosling on board the kid-friendly effort.

The news comes just as Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, is hitting theaters with a thank you credit to del Toro. The new movie, which Gosling also wrote, involves its own dark fantasy plot. Before this, he hadn’t really worked with a lot unreal material, and all of that experience came with his ’90s TV work.

Most relevant to The Haunted Mansion, he starred in one episode each of Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark, both shows focused on family-friendly horror. He was also made his feature acting debut in a kiddie horror movie called Frankenstein and Me, which sort of involves elements from another theme park, Universal Studios. Watch a trailer for that below.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.