Those of you with serious doubts about the Ghostbusters reboot can breathe just a little easier now:
Bill Murray has officially joined the cast!
The Hollywood Reporterconfirmed today that the actor has officially signed on for the reboot of his classic 80s film.
Murray famously played Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), but there is no word yet on whether or not he will reprising his role or playing a new character all together.
His casting actually comes as quite a pleasant, but shocking, surprise. Murray has historically always been against the idea of a third Ghostbusters film, and in the past has even thwarted plans for a third film by being the sole holdout of the original cast (which comprised of Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (RIP), and Ernie Hudson).
Writer and actor Neil Casey joins the cast as a villainous character named Rowan. His writing credits include Saturday Night Live (he’ll be in good company with fellow SNL players Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon), Inside Amy Schumer, and Kroll Show, and I adore all of those things. He has appeared as an actor in episodes of Broad City and The League (I ADORE!) and currently stars in another Feig project, the Yahoo! original series Other Space. These folks keep it all in the family!
No news about Casey’s character is available just yet, but – and I’m speculating here – if they keep to a total gender swapping of characters from the original Ghostbusters film (as they have with the main cast and the recent addition of our favorite hunk of blond Asgardian Chris Hemsworth in the original Annie Potts role of Janine Melnitz) wouldn’t Casey be set up to be a counterpart to Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett? To be fair, Dana was never a true villain because she was possessed, but then the first film didn’t have a Big Bad at all, did it?
Now that we’ve got a villain, let’s hope Columbia Pictures slips us some plot details next! I need to know if I can expect a Stay Puft Woman in 2016. The new Ghostbusters is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release.
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