Rumorville: LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish Are in Talks to Star in Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ + More

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Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room.

“Haunted Mansion”
The doors to the “Haunted Mansion” are open for LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish, who are reportedly in talks to star in the new Disney movie based on the park ride of the same name. According to Deadline, Justin Simien will direct with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (“Aladdin”) producing through their Rideback banner. Katie Dippold penned the most recent draft. The Disneyland and Disney World ride that the story is based on first debuted in 1969 and sees theme park guests go inside a creepy manor that includes classic characters such as the spirit of psychic medium Madame Leota to the skeletal Bride and the cloaked Hatbox Ghost. Disney has offered no comment on the rumored casting, or a casting director attached to the project.

“Sag Harbor”
Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead will see another of novels on the small screen. Boat Rocker Studios has reportedly put into development “Sag Harbor” this time, at HBO Max. Daniel “Koa” Beaty is attached to write the pilot and Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (“Grown-ish,” “Black-ish”) are on board to executive produce. Set in 1985, the book tells the story of Benji Cooper, one of the few Black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan who escapes to the Hamptons every summer, where a small community of African American professionals has built a world of their own. Amazon was the last home for a Whitehead adaptation, a limited series based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad.” That adaptation, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, has been nominated for seven Emmys, a fact that may catalyze the “Sag Harbor” adaptation to move forward at HBO.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
NBC may have nixed “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” after two seasons earlier this year, but Roku may be rescuing the musical series… at least for two hours. Roku and Lionsgate are reportedly in discussions to tie up loose ends from the series’ cancellation with a movie special bringing back the original cast. Created by Austin Winsberg and starring Jane Levy, the series followed Zoey Clarke, a computer coder living in San Francisco who, after an unusual event, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts, and desires of the people around her through popular songs. Also starring were Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, Lauren Graham, and Harvey Guillén. Roku and Lionsgate reps declined to comment to TVLine, Variety, or any other requests. There’s no deal signed yet, but if it does go through, the movie would hit the Roku Channel around the 2021 holidays. Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer was the casting team behind the series and likely the movie, as well.

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