After a year of this rumoring to happen, Bridesmaid director Paul Feig has sealed the actresses for his all-female Ghostbuster cast.
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones complete the cast of the rebooted movie. According to Deadline, the actresses are still negotiating to take the role, but they’re so close to signing on the dotted line, the director tweeted the good news. Feig tweeted a picture of the ladies with the follow-up referenced tweet “In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!.”
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Feig—who is reuniting with The Heat screenwriter to pen the script—made it clear in his interview with the Huffington Post that this is not a sequel to the 1989 release but a reboot.
“I love the first one so much, I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?”
Ghostbusters 3 was stuck in pre-production for years because Bill Murray refused to sign back on to do another sequel. However after Harold Ramis—he played Egon Spengler—passed away last year, the reunion of the original cast was permanently canned. But Murray is more than happy with Feig rebooting the script with an all-female cast and even recommended the actresses for the film.
“Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny!” he said when asked who he would recommend for the roles.