Hey girl, this may make you cackle in ghoulish delight!
Ryan Gosling may return to his Disney roots again. The actor is in talks to star in the studio giant's new movie The Haunted Mansion, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported this week. Gosling, director Guillermo Del Toro and Disney have not commented. The film is based on the fan favorite theme park ride and was announced in 2010.
Gosling rose to fame as a child star in The All New Mickey Mouse Club in the '90s and appeared in Disney's Remember the Titans. On Oscar Sunday, he and del Toro had spent more than 11 hours together at Disneyland. Accompanied by friends and a VIP guide, who allowed them to bypass the lines, the two rode several rides and dined at the private, members-only Club 33. Among the rides Gosling enjoyed? Yep, Haunted Mansion, E! News had learned.
The two also appeared on stage together at the 2015 SXSW festival last month in Austin, Texas to discuss the making of Lost River, Gosling's directorial and screenwriting debut, which hit theaters on Friday.
Del Toro announced his new Haunted Mansion movie seven years about after Disney released a first movie adaptation. The 2003 film, a comedy starring Eddie Murphy, flopped at the domestic box office but was more successful abroad and made a total of $182 million worldwide. Unlike that movie, the new Haunted Mansion will feature del Doro's favorite characters from the ride, according to Bloomberg. It will also be a lot darker than its predecessor.
"If you take the children they will scream," the outlet quoted him as saying at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. "We're making the haunted mansion the most haunted place on earth."
News about Gosling's possibly involvement with the new movie also comes following the recent release of Disney's live-action Cinderella movie, which has made more than $403 million worldwide in less than a month, and ahead of a slew of new live-action projects inspired by some of the studio's most popular animated films.
Last year, Disney saw box office success with Maleficent, its Sleeping Beauty prequel. The company is also developing a Beauty and the Beast movie, starring Emma Watson, The Hobbit's Luke Evans and Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens.
If Gosling is in talks about The Haunted Mansion, and he's possibly meeting with Disney execs, may we suggest him for consideration for roles in these five other live-action movies the studio is currently developing:
1. Pinocchio: Deadline reported this week that Disney is developing a live-action film that is "loosely based" on 19th century Italian author's Carlo Collodi's story of the young wooden liar (a paraphrased description). E! News has learned that the project is in its early stages and no one has been cast in it yet. Disney, which released the 1940 hit animated film Pinocchio, has not commented.
As for who Gosling could possibly play, well, if Once Upon a Time, which airs on Disney-owned ABC, is any indication, adult Pinocchio was pretty damn hot...
2. Star Wars: Episode - The Force Awakens...or any of the other films in J.J. Abrams's new trilogy and planned stand-alone spinoff films: Fact: Gosling would make a great X-wing pilot.
3. Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: According to Variety, Disney is making a live-action version of this beloved '80s and '90s cartoon, which mostly takes place in a city. A city inhabited by humans. Gosling is, coincidentally, a human.
4. The new Tron sequel: Gosling looks really good wearing anything, therefore logic dictates he would look really good in black and neon.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Gosling as a sexy pirate? Arr...yes, please!