Paul Feig announced on Tuesday the cast of the new Ghostbusters reboot. Bridesmaids alums Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig will suit up with Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to catch some ghosts in 2016. Deadline reports that the contracts are still in negotiations for the actresses but Feig seems fairly confident that he’s found his leads.
The original 1984 Ghostbusters team was comprised of Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis. Late last year after Feig announced he wanted to reboot the franchise with all-female ghostbusters, Murray suggested Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. Not a bad guess!
Parks and Recreation writer Katie Dippold wrote the script for the flick. Paul Feig has already said that the movie’s villain is a convicted murderer who turns into a ghost during a botched execution. Also, instead of being a strange independent business, Feig’s Ghostbusters will work for the government on the down low (why would our government actually fund Ghostbusters?).
The casting choices show the right amount of bankability and exciting risk (from a box office perspective; all of the comedians are insanely talented and funny). Wiig and McCarthy starred in Feig’s 2011 comedy blockbuster Bridesmaids. McCarthy worked with him and Dippold on The Heat. The Mike & Molly actress has been pushed hard by Hollywood with solo movies ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Bridesmaids. Since then she has starred in Identity Thief (2013), The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014) and St. Vincent (2014). We will see her again later this year in Spy and B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.
Since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012, Wiig has been all over the big screen in a string of independent films like The Skeleton Twins, Hateship, Loveship and Girl Most Likely. She’s lent her voice to a slew of big-budget animated features like How to Train Your Dragon 2, Despicable Me 2 and the upcoming Masterminds. We even saw her play female lead roles in Anchorman 2 and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the two exciting new names that America is continuing to get to know. Jones has stood out at the Weekend Update desk after working at Saturday Night Live as a writer. Despite being the oldest cast member, getting hired at 47, Jones has impressed through her stand-up comedy and cameo role in Chris Rock’s Top Five. The only regret here is that her mainstream break is happening so deep into her career. McKinnon is the NBC sketch show’s best bet for a breakout star. The Columbia University-bred comedian has gained notoriety and Emmy Award nominations for her work on Saturday nights. America will certainly learn her name when they realize that the funnier version of Justin Bieber is taking down evil ghosts.
Filming will hopefully begin later this year. The new Ghostbusters will be introduced to the public on July 22, 2016.