We already knew most of the following names anyway, but the director of the Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig, has revealed exactly who will be playing the roles.
Sources tell Variety that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in early negotiations to star in the “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Feig announced the news on Twitter:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Story details are unknown other than this film centers on the next generation of Ghostbusters, who happen to be female.
Rumors have swirled for awhile of who Sony had met with for starring roles following the leaked Sony emails that said actresses such as McCarthy, Wiig and Emma Stone had met for roles.
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 is also unknown who each woman would be playing.
HitFix broke down exactly who the new Ghostbusters would be, plus revealed details on a few other characters, including one that Feig is hoping Bill Murray will play:
- 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.
Other key characters include:
The primary antagonist, a “creepy mechanical genius.” Peter Dinklage is wanted for this role.
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, and the guy Feig and his team want for the part is Bill Murray.
Back in October, Feig revealed some details on his all-female Ghostbusters film, promising fans he wants to make it really scary:
Talking about his screenwriter Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation, The Heat), Feig revealed what the pair had planned for the film:
“Both she and I are obsessed with how do we make comedy really scary? The sequel to The Heat was going to be pretty scary and funny. Almost like in a Silence of the Lambs type thing but funny. I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening. So that’s what both Katie and I really want to do with this one is make it crazy funny but also you’re scared at the same time”
The director then revealed that the new Ghostbusters film is likely to be a complete 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?”
“Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it”