Ryan Gosling to star in Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake

He’s an actor who’s been away from the spotlight for some time since becoming a father, but now Ryan Gosling is back on the map and set to star in Disney’s family remake of The Haunted Mansion.

Spearheaded by Hellboy creator Guillermo deal Toro, the movie remake of Disneyland’s popular theme park ride has been in the works for over five years since being unveiled at Comic-Con in July 2010.

Gosling, who is a former Disney Mouseketeer along with other celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, has been attached to the project for a number of years, and having just become a family man himself with fiancé Eva Mendes, could now be ready to take on the family comedy.

The previous remake of the famous theme park ride, A Haunted Manion, was released back in 2003 and starred Eddie Murphy as a real estate agent who takes him family on a trip to value a mysterious mansion, only to discover sinister things afoot when they become trapped in the house. The family film grossed $140 million when it hit cinemas twelve years ago, and studio bosses will be hoping Gosling’s star power will help them eclipse this when the new film is released sometime in the near future.

For those of you Ryan Gosling fans, he can be seen next in Terrence Malik’s star-studded drama Weightless, which also stars Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman – the film is due for release this year.