Haunted Mansion Remake Premieres Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike with Surprise Red Carpet Guests

Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” remake premiered at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride despite the ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild. While most studios have canceled their upcoming premieres in solidarity with the striking actors, Disney decided to proceed with the event. It is the first major Hollywood event to take place after the SAG-AFTRA strike was authorized. However, the entire cast of the film, including Tiffany Hadish, Lakeith Stanfield, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, and Jamie Lee Curtis, did not attend the premiere.

Instead of the film’s cast, Disney had classic villains walking the red carpet, along with Disneyland cast members dressed as characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Cruella de Vil. These Disneyland employees are not covered by SAG-AFTRA and were not acting as strikebreakers. The presence of the Disney characters aimed to keep spirits high at the event, despite its cursed atmosphere.

Director Justin Simien, who did attend the premiere, expressed his support for the striking actors, saying, “It’s sad that they’re not here, but at the same time, I totally support the reason why they’re not here. And I’m happy to be the one to ring the bell in their stead.” Simien emphasized that he stands with the actors in their fight and acknowledged their absence from the event.

The SAG strike has led many studios to postpone or cancel their premieres, as actors refuse to participate in promotional events. The strike has caused significant disruption in the entertainment industry, with actors demanding better pay, safer working conditions, and better protections for diversity and inclusion. Studios will have to navigate challenging negotiations with the union to resolve the strike and resume normal operations.

As the strike continues, the film industry is grappling with the impact it will have on the release and promotion of upcoming films. The solidarity shown by actors in boycotting premieres highlights the widespread support for the union’s demands. The “Haunted Mansion” premiere serves as a glaring anomaly in an industry that has mostly halted its activities in support of the striking actors.

The strike has drawn attention to the systemic issues within the entertainment industry and the need for reforms to address the concerns of actors. As negotiations between the union and studios continue, it remains to be seen how long the strike will last and what kind of changes will be achieved. In the meantime, the absence of the “Haunted Mansion” cast at their own premiere serves as a powerful statement of solidarity with their fellow actors and their commitment to achieving better working conditions and fair treatment in the industry.