‘Ghostbusters’: Bill Murray Confirmed To Appear In New Movie, May Not Play Peter Venkman

Most notably known for his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, Bill Murray has also been known for making surprise appearances at random gatherings of everyday people, making himself the ultimate party crasher. After adamantly stating that he would not reprise his role as Peter Venkman in the newest Ghostbusters movie, it seems he has decided to crash the filming and confirm that he will appear in some form.

Bill Murray revealed that he would appear in the all-female version of Ghostbusters, but has not revealed if he will show up in the male cast version.

According to Metro U.K., the announcement is not official, but the sources come from the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, both considered the top publications in the Hollywood industry.

USA Today confirmed the announcement, but stated that the details are few at this time. The announcement comes after Murray has shown public approval of director Fieg’s direction of the new movie.

The original Ghostbusters (the movie, not the cartoon) was a huge hit at the box office and has seen itself reach cult status. However, the sequel, released in 1989, received mixed reviews and is not believed to have reached the same status as the first movie, leaving fans disappointed. Murray has been known to stray from Ghostbusters conversations, worried that another installment would leave fans more upset after the sequel’s disastrous reviews.

The new movies have created a wave of excitement across the fan base, leaving many wanting to see the original cast return in one form or another. However, many are fine with the cast taking on side roles, leaving room for the new casts to grow and mature. Some are hoping for a return of Zuul and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and, of course, the beloved Slimer.

Whether Bill Murray reprises his role as Peter Venkman, settles for a quick walk through in the background, or plays something entirely different, his acceptance of the script may foretell the level of greatness the film might achieve.

There is much speculation what Bill Murray may portray, if he does not play Peter Venkman, but some of the rumors are that he may simply be a ghost in the film, portraying himself after perishing at the hands of some spectral form.

However, another rumor is that he might reprise his role as the zombie from Zombieland, giving fans another taste of his undead skills.

Would you rather he reprise Peter Venkman, play something else, or not appear at all?

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