The new all-female Ghostbusters movie is officially a go! On Wednesday, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) tweeted a picture of himself playing with green goo, or in Ghostbusters terms, “slime.”
He captioned the photo “And … action! #slimetimestartstomorrow.”
While the original movie — and its sequel — starred Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, the new version will star a who’s-who of the female comedy world. The new cast is lead by Spy star Melissa McCarthy, her Bridemaids co-star and SNL alum, Kristen Wiig, and current SNL stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Some fans are concerned that the updated Ghostbusters could tarnish the franchise. But director Feig put some concerns to rest in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, by simply explaining that he is excited and has a great crew behind him.
“My whole crew from all my other movies have come aboard, and some really great special effects people have come aboard… I have never really done this level of effects before — and I’m excited!”
Feig has been keeping fans up-to-date through social media, and he recently revealed that Thor star Chris Hemsworth would be playing the receptionist in the Ghostbusters reboot, which was played by Annie Potts in the original film.
One star who will not be in the new film — Emma Stone. The Amazing Spider-Man star recently explained that she turned down the film because she was not ready to commit to another huge franchise.
“The script was really funny,” Stone told WSJ of the Ghostbusters movie.
“It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”
In the interview, the notoriously private Stone also revealed why she never talks about her relationship with her Spider-Man costar Andrew Garfield.
“See, I never talk about this stuff for this exact reason — because it’s all so speculative and baseless,” Stone told WSJ.
“Once you start responding — once you’re like, ‘No, that’s not true’ — then they’re like, ‘Well, if we push enough, we’ll get a comment, so let’s see what else we can make up.’ I understand the interest in it completely, because I’ve had it, too. But it’s so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don’t talk about it.”
The new Ghostbusters movie is set to premiere on July 22, 2016.
[Image Courtesy: Paul Feig via Twitter]