It’s been a long time coming – Ghostbusters is finally returning to the big screen. As it has been speculated for some time now, the cast will indeed be entirely female-lead, with Paul Feig at the helm to direct. Feig announced the newly casted roles, along with a release date on Twitter late yesterday.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
If you haven’t already heard, the core of the cast – and the one’s presumably doing the busting – will be Melissa McCarthy along with SNL vets Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. Wiig and McCarthy both have a history with director Paul Feig, having previously worked together on the critically successful Bridesmaids. As revealed in another Tweet by Feig, the film is expected to hit July 22, 2016.
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Now that we got those boring “facts” and “confirmed things” out of the way, lets take a look at some of the speculation surrounding the all-new Ghostbusters. The big chunk of the rumors came from a post by HitFix, which contained several key plot points and potential casting spots outside of the main four listed above. While Sony has since contacted them and had the information taken down, ComicBookMovie.com summed them all up nicely.
+Kristen Wiig is playing Erin Garber, a published author on the subject of the paranormal. Erin now works for Columbia University.
+Leslie Jones is playing Abby Bergman, who co-authored the book with Garber. Since publication, the two former colleagues had a falling out and went their separate ways. Abby more actively chases ghost a la Ghost Hunters. This tension between academic investigation (Wiig’s character) and mainstream media investigation (Jones’ character) is central to the story.
+Kate McKinnon is playing Abby Berman’s new partner, Jillian.
+Melissa McCarthy is playing Patty, an NYC subway worker who stumbles across the main, supernatural threat in the film.
+Sony wants Peter Dinklage to play the main villain in the film. Whether this role is as a ghost or human is unclear.
+Sony also wants Bill Murray to play a character named Martin Heiss, a man who is “a professional supernatural debunker who is out to prove that the Ghostbusters are frauds.”
Bringing back Bill Murray as a minor side character (who sounds awfully familiar to Mr. Crocker from Fairly Oddparents), is a solid idea and may help ease some of the older fans into giving this new reboot a shot.