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Rick Moranis Is Back

He'll star in 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' reboot
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2020 3:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – When Rick Moranis turned down the opportunity to appear in the Ghostbusters reboot, he opined on the lack of original ideas in showbiz these days, saying, "I'm surprised that Disney hasn't done Honey, I Shrunk the Grandkids." Well, not quite five years later, here we are: Moranis is returning for Disney's reboot of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be called Shrunk and will star Josh Gad of Frozen and Book of Mormon fame as the son of Moranis' inventor character from the original films, Wayne Szalinski; Deadline reports that Gad's character will end up shrinking his own kids. Moranis will reprise his role as the elder Szalinski.

Moranis starred in the original 1989 film, plus its 1992 sequel (Honey, I Blew Up the Kid) and the 1997 straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. In fact, that was Moranis' last live-action feature, Variety reports; that same year, he took a hiatus from acting to raise his kids after his wife died from cancer, and since then he's mostly done voice work and a few comedy albums. But Deadline thinks he's "making a comeback," citing not just Shrunk but his appearance alongside fellow alums of Canadian sketch series SCTV in the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed Netflix documentary An Afternoon With SCTV. Shrunk will be released first in theaters, not on Disney+. (Sadly, the mom in the original flicks died in 2014.)

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