Through its live-action enchanting films, Disney has been transporting viewers to worlds of wonder and enchantment for years. These films, which range from the traditional Cinderella to the modern Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, have captured the attention of audiences of all ages with their timeless tales, charming characters, and breathtaking visuals. These films have not only delighted and amazed numerous audiences, but they have also been wildly profitable at the box office, bringing in billions of dollars globally.


However, during the premiere of Disney’s upcoming film, fictional Disney characters instead of the film’s actual actors walked the red carpet. Although it is entertaining to see our favorite fictitious characters show up, a movie’s premiere is a very important event. So why did the actors not make an appearance?

The premiere of which upcoming Disney film was it?

Haunted Mansion had its world premiere on 15th July. The upcoming live-action film of Disney’s Haunted Mansion made with a budget of $157 million has a fantastic cast. LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish, and Jared Leto have all been cast as the movie’s main characters. The Hatbox Ghost is said to be played by Leto. Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Hasan Minhaj, and Jamie Lee Curtis are among the film’s notable supporting actors. The infamous theme park attraction served as inspiration for the movie.

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Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion

The movie centers on Gabbie, a single mother played by Rosario Dawson who relocates to a spooky mansion with her son. Soon after learning that the mansion is home to ghosts, Gabbie employs a tour guide played by LaKeith Stanfield, a psychic played by Tiffany Haddish, a priest played by Owen Wilson, and a historian played by Danny DeVito to assist her in exorcising the ghosts. The movie is all set to release on 28th July 2023.

Why did fictional characters walk the red carpet at the movie’s premiere?

On Saturday night, Disneyland hosted the world premiere of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, however, it didn’t quite turn out as the studio had envisioned. The film’s stars were unable to attend since it was the first significant Hollywood premiere to occur after SAG-AFTRA went on strike.

The strike rules forbid promotional activities, including premieres, interviews, festivals, FYC events, award shows, and podcasts, in addition to on-camera work. Tiffany Haddish, LaKeith Stanfield, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Hasan Minhaj were among the Haunted Mansion cast members that were unable to attend the premiere. Disney characters, such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Maleficent, Snow White’s Evil Queen, and Cruella, stole the show by posing for pictures on the red carpet with fans and influencers.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Hollywood actors and writers are protesting for better pay and other working conditions as part of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike. This indicates that almost all Hollywood productions have been put on hold, with the exception of a few offshore productions. It appears that Disney was unconcerned that the upcoming film’s actors were absent due to the strike and sent substitutes who were our favorite fictional characters.

Even though the actors were not present, the producers and the director Justin Simien appeared around halfway through the event. Simien had conflicted emotions about the situation, admitting his pleasure in the team and the Katie Dippold-written script while also accepting and respecting the strike’s reasons. He felt it was his duty to represent the movie by being there and addressing it. Simien also highlighted the significance of the AI-related problems brought up during SAG-AFTRA’s talks and the necessity of addressing and resolving them.

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