Comedian actor Rick Moranis most known for his roles in the Ghostbusters franchise, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Flintstones has closed a deal with Disney to return to films with SHRUNK!, a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel for Disney. Deadline was the first to report this news.
According to the report, the new sequel will be released theatrically and not made exclusively for Disney+ as previously reported.
The original film’s director Joe Johnston is back with Josh Gad starring as the son of Rick Moranis’ Wayne Szalinski. Gad’s character is an aspiring scientist, who also accidentally shrinks the kids.
This will be Rick Moranis’s first major return to acting, as he stepped away from leading roles in 1997, after his wife passed away from breast cancer. He chose to raise their two kids. Some say he retired, but that’t not true. He’s done voice-over work over the past two decades, including Disney’s Brother Bear.
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He did an interview with the Hollywood Reporter as to why he’s picking with his acting roles, and why he passed on the new Ghostbusters.
“I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” he says. “But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role,…and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it. [But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me.”
Apparently Shrunk! appealed to him. it’s very exciting to see his return to on-screen acting. Growing up, Rick Moranis’ work held a special place in my heart. If he’s on board for this sequel, then count me in as well!