Merely four months after Screenrant reported that Bill Murray suggested an all female cast, the Ghostbusters reboot is fully underway. It was announced yesterday, as the Inquisitr reported, that the all-female cast of the reboot was potentially complete. Paul Feig, the Ghostbusters reboot director, announced that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones were the new cast. Apparently, the director has strong ties to two of the actresses in the Ghostbusters reboot.
“Director Paul Feig has strong roots with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. In 2011, Feig directed the hit film Bridesmaids, which Wiig wrote and starred in alongside an ensemble that included Melissa McCarthy. As for Wiig’s co-star, Feig went on to direct McCarthy in The Heat.”
The all-SNL cast has been generally well received, but it raised the question of when the release date would be announced, and if this was truly the final lineup for the Ghostbusters reboot. McCarthy is the only one who is official. Hours after the reboot cast was announced, the release date and a promo image followed.
If you have been waiting for the Ghostbusters reboot, you will have to wait longer — but not too much longer. According to Comicbook.com, director Paul Feig revealed that reboot film will be released on July 22, 2016. Ironically, of the eight comic book films that will also entice nerds in the year 2016, Sony chose the one month that none of them was being released. This might give the reboot film the edge, especially considering some fans are probably not as enthused about the reboot. However, for fans of the old cast and films, there is one potential silver lining.
Billy Murray might end up being in the new film after all, but not as a Ghostbuster. Do not expect to see Peter Venkman, as Murray has said he will not reprise his role. Indiewire suggests that he might be playing a whole new role, or at least, the studio is hoping to get a hold of him.
“Rather, Feig wants him to play Martin Heiss, ‘a professional supernatural debunker,’ who crosses paths with the women when they post footage online, and he sets out to prove they are fakes.”
The “Martin Heiss” character has been likened, by several reports, to being similar to a Walter Peck-like character. For those who do not remember, his character is the EPA inspector who let all the ghosts out. Some say it will not be much of a change, considering his Peter Venkman character was quite the skeptic.
What are your thoughts? Do you, like Bill Murray, support the idea of an an all-female cast? Will you watch the Ghostbusters reboot?
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