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Rick Moranis Returns to Acting for 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' Sequel

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Rick Moranis (Walt Disney)

Rick Moranis is back!

The 66-year-old star is set to return to the "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" franchise with the upcoming reboot: "Shrunk."

Josh Gad — who reportedly plays Moranis' character's adult son, who (of course) shrinks his own kids — took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his excitement over the casting news.

"To say it is a dream come true to once again see #RickMoranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade. But to say, I get an up seat view of him returning to play one of his most iconic roles is the understatement of the Century. Welcome back hero! #Shrunk," Gad, 38, wrote in response to a Deadline article.

Per Deadline, the film's original director, Joe Johnston, will also return to helm the new installment.

In 1997, Moranis stepped away from the spotlight. The actor was hugely popular after multiple box office successes such as "Ghostbusters," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Spaceballs" and "The Flintstones" in the '80s and '90s but the star retreated from Hollywood after a family tragedy.

Rick Moranis (Walt Disney)

Moranis' wife, costume designer Ann Belsky, died in 1991 from breast cancer and he had to reshift his focus and priorities. He was now a single father of two children. But Moranis said even though he didn't take on new projects, he didn't officially retire either.

“I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2015 interview. “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.”

One project being the 2016 reboot of "Ghostbusters" featuring Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. He said no to a guest role and Moranis has no regrets about his lifestyle now. "My life is wonderful," he said.

He admitted his job as a single dad was a "different lifestyle" compared to being on sets and working with "really interesting people" but the change "was important to me.”



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