Now that the cast of Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters has been revealed, we now know exactly when we will be able to call on them should we see any spook, spectre or ghost.
Feig confirmed the release date through Twitter earlier today:
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 28, 2015
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in early negotiations to star in the “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Story details are unknown other than this film centers on the next generation of Ghostbusters, who happen to be female.
Ivan Reitman is producing.
Scheduling still has to be worked out among the actresses, but if deals make, this marks the closest the studio has come to rebooting the franchise in quite some time.
It has been reported that the female Ghostbusters will be:
Erin Gabler is an academic on the tenure track at Columbia. Her former colleague and co-author is…
Abby Bergman, who’s more on the pop parapsychology side of things, and pursues ghosts for a living.
Jillian is Abby’s ghost hunting partner.
Patty is an MTA employee who comes across the main ghost.
HitFix guesses that Wiig is Erin, Jones is Abby, McKinnon is Jillian, and McCarthy is Patty.
Bill Murray has also been rumoured to join the cast as Martin Heiss, a professional debunker of the supernatural who goes after the Ghostbusters after seeing their videos online. He’s sort of the counterpart to William Atherton’s character from the original.
Peter Dinklage is on the wishlist the play the main antagonist.
Dan Aykroyd spoke with THR this week to give the new cast his blessing:
The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.
Aykroyd’s great grandfather Sam actually was involved with paranormal investigation and it was recounted by Aykroyd’s brother, Peter, in a book called A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters.
Here’s the Amazon description:
Peter Aykroyd spent his childhood watching his family’s parlor séances through the crack of a basement door. Here, for the first time, Aykroyd tells the strange and delightful story that inspired his son, Dan, to make the mega-hit, Ghostbusters. Part history, part family legend, A History of Ghosts starts in 1848 in upstate New York, where the spiritualist craze first began. Aykroyd introduces the reader to notable mediums while telling the story of the development of spiritualism, interweaving a personal history marked by a fascination with ghosts and spirits with the larger narrative about the role the paranormal has played in our culture.