The site reports that DeVito will be taking the role of a smug professor who gets mixed up in the supernatural setting when a single mother and her son find the mansion and the otherworldly secrets inside it. DeVito’s casting comes only a week after production began last week in New Orleans and Atlanta. It marks Disney’s second attempt to bring the theme park ride to the big screen, following the Eddie Murphy-starring iteration from 2003. That version wasn’t met with the warmest welcome, with negative reviews (via Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office haul of only $182 million from its $90 million budget (via Box Office Mojo).
Given the impressive cast and the significant property that they’re a part of, it’s a big job for a debut film from Simien. The studio clearly has faith in him already, given that he’s also down to helm the “Lando” Disney+ series, which still has yet to confirm if it’ll be Donald Glover or Billy Dee Williams donning that super-cool cape.