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Is Jared Leto the ‘Haunted Mansion’s New Hatbox Ghost?

Deep in the darkness of the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland Resort resides an extraordinary apparition. Known as the Hatbox Ghost, the animatronic is an iconic addition to the popular Disney Parks ride.

This is due in part to his nifty parlor tricks! He can make his head disappear from his body and reappear in the hatbox he holds! Another standout aspect of this cheery Disney character is the way he looks!

Hatbox Ghost Haunted Mansion

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With glowing colors of blue and green, the ghost laughs creepily, astonishing unknowing passerby’s rounding the corner. The Hatbox Ghost appeared in the original version of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion but was removed shortly after due to technological failures.

It made its way back in 2015, much to the excitement of Disneyland fans! A new Haunted Mansion movie is in the works, and we’ve got some exciting details on the actors who will reportedly be joining the cast.

Hatbox Ghost Haunted Mansion

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Expected in March 2023, IMDb already lists a few of the film’s reported stars. Owen Wilson from Cars (2006), Rosario Dawson who plays Ahsoka Tano in the Mandalorian (2019), Danny DeVito, and Tiffany Haddish have already been named.

News just broke that Jared Leto would reportedly be playing the Hatbox Ghost in the film! One Take News shares that the character’s design will mirror the animatronic in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride.

Another fun detail we’ve learned is that his face may appear on renaissance style paintings throughout the mansion. Jared Leto has taken on some pretty interesting projects over the years, and there’s no doubt he’ll bring an entertaining interpretation to the role.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Painting

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The actor is rumored to be working with Disney on another much-anticipated project. Tron: Ares, an assumed sequel to Disney’s iconic Tron (1982) series, is expected to arrive in 2025.

The project is reportedly in development and will premiere on Disney+. This is long-awaited news for fans of the sci-fi film and is said to be a passion project for Jared Leto.

We can’t wait to see what Disney has in store regarding the Haunted Mansion movie—looking forward to its expected release next year!

About Christy Weinberg

Christy is a West Coast writer with a special place in her heart for Disneyland Resort and Aulani. Growing up near the Parks, she was an Annual Passholder for about twenty years, often frequenting the Resort several times per week. Though she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, she carries the magic with her by writing about Disney and connecting with the Disney community on social media.