Who ya gonna call?
It’s the classic question asked by the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise. But now that the franchise is remounting itself with a new adventure — directed by Jason Reitman — it needs a new cast, and Paul Rudd just revealed via Twitter that he’s answering the call.
That’s awesome. Paul Rudd is outside the famous fire station that the original Ghostbusters used as their headquarters. And in the process of visiting this iconic location, he confirms that he will be joining Jason Reitman’s GHOSTBUSTERS sequel, of which we know a little, but there's still plenty of unanswered questions.
Here’s what we can report. Reitman appeared at a GHOSTBUSTERS fan event in Los Angeles recently and confirmed that he had an idea for a story that involved a 12-year-old girl wearing a proton pack. That idea evolved into a family, and to date, he has cast three actors to portray that clan. Mckenna Grace, of I, TONYA and CAPTAIN MARVEL, will play the 12-year-old girl from Reitman’s vision. She’ll be joined by Carrie Coon (GONE GIRL) and Finn Wolfhard (IT CHAPTER TWO).
We know what you are thinking, though. What about the original GHOSTBUSTERS actors?
While nothing has been confirmed to this point, original stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray have both expressed support for the project, admitting that they have read the script and implying that they will be involved. At the fan event, Jason Reitman said that the family at the center of his story will have connections to the original Ghostbusters team, but even they are not aware of what those ties are at the moment.
Sigourney Weaver may have dropped the biggest bombshell of them all, though, when she recently confirmed during an interview how excited she was to be back working with “the guys” on the next GHOSTBUSTERS film, seemingly confirming that the whole gang will be back together for this sequel.
The Ghostbusters sort of returned in 2016 when Paul Feig assembled an all-female team. The original stars all appeared, but they played different characters in the world — Aykroyd playing a cab driver and Murray playing a supernatural skeptic, etc. This new story reportedly will bring back Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore, though we’re waiting on specific plot details before we get too excited.
Jason Reitman’s GHOSTBUSTERS has a release date of July 10, 2020, and a solid cast in place. We can’t wait to find out who Paul Rudd is playing and how the story will involve the original cast members. We’ll report details on the developing sequel as they happen, so check back often.