Casting for a Ghostbusters reboot is nearly complete with a finalized roster of paranormal investigators. And guess what? They are all women, and they are all very funny.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are currently in negotiations to star in the new Ghostbusters.
Adding credibility to these rumors was director Paul Feig’s recent tweet in which he attached a picture of the four leading ladies. If all goes according to Feig’s plans, he will have three Saturday Night Live alumni (Jones, McKinnon and Wigg) and his Bridesmaids scene-stealer McCarthy as the paranormal investigators.
Feig’s decision to have an all-female cast, though mostly praised, has received some backlash. However, it is refreshing to see a movie deviate from the typical action move cast, which is usually comprised of one female among a hoards of males. An all-female cast will give each character in the movie a lot more individuality and opportunities to interact than being “the girl” in the group.
Although most of the controversy surrounding Sony’s leaked emails focused on the dirt Sony execs dished out about Angelina Jolie, they also revealed McCarthy and Wiig’s involvement in the Ghostbusters reboot along with interest from Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Lizzy Caplan and Emma Stone. Prying eyes also learned that Ryan Gosling was also inquiring about taking on a role.
Unfortunately, this third installment of the franchise has a long history of setbacks. The most notable and tragic being the untimely death of Harold Ramis. With the unexpected death of Ramis, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman pulled out along with the departure of original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray.
There is no word on Feig’s plot for the movie, but from his casting choice alone, it is bound to be very entertaining.