Rick Moranis Set to Return for ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Sequel

February 13, 2020

Rick Moranis is stepping back into one of his most beloved roles.

The comedian, who has starred in classic comedies like “Ghostbusters” and “Spaceballs,” will return for the upcoming sequel to the 1989 comedy “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” reported Deadline.

The new film is entitled “Shrunk” and will have Moranis reprising his role of Wayne Szalinski, the scientist who accidentally shrinks his kids and delivers the movie’s titular line.

“Shrunk” will pick up decades later with “Frozen 2” star Josh Gad portraying Moranis’ adult son who aspires to be like his father and accidentally shrinks his children.

Gad shared his excitement about Moranis’ return to the franchise in a tweet.

“To say it is a dream come true to once again see #RickMoranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade, “ he wrote. “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!”

The 1989 original’s director Joe Johnston is also back at the helm for the sequel.

“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” was a surprise box office hit when it was released in the summer of ‘89 and grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Moranis appeared in the 1992 sequel “Honey I Blew Up the Kid” and in the 1997 direct-to-video release “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.”

The Canadian star did not appear in the 1997 syndicated television series “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

Moranis’ return to Hollywood comes after over two decades away from the spotlight. In 1997, he stepped away from on-screen work to focus on raising his children after the death of his wife.

While he has continued to do voice work, this will be his first big screen film since appearing in the 1996 comedy “Big Bully” with Tom Arnold.

Moranis was also one of the only original stars of “Ghostbusters” to not make a cameo in the 2016 reboot. At the time he said it was because he’s “picky” about his roles.

"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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, before adding, "[But Ghostbusters] didn't appeal to me."

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