‘Ghostbusters’ All-Female Main Cast Materializing

‘Ghostbusters’ All-Female Main Cast Materializing


Who would be called on to star in the proposed all-female main cast Sony reboot of Ghostbusters, was a question that many fans of the original movie had in their minds when news that such a film was being considered. The women cast would have to be some of the top comediennes around for the project to have a…ghost of a chance at being a box office smash.

The good news is that one of the four planned main female cast members, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) has signed to be in the flick. Three other ethereally funny women are currently in talks to star alongside her, Saturday Night Live (SNL) vet Kristin Wiig and current SNL cast members, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. The movie will be directed by Paul Feig, who also directed Bridesmaids, which starred both McCarthy and Kristin Wiig.

Also, none other than Bill Murray, one of the original ghostbusters, stated last fall that he was in favor of such a reboot being made. He suggested that two of the women who would be great in the reboot would be two who four proposed cast members, Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. McCarthy starred with Bill Murray in Saint Vincent. At the time, nobody had approached her to be in the movie, but she said that if the people she though were going to be involved in the film did ask her to be in Ghostbusters, “I must never question them.”

The first media source to break this news was the Hollywood Reporter, the afternoon of Tuesday, January 26. Since then, both fans and the media have been speculating non-stop about the choices made for the cast and if the females who are in talks will be up to starring in a successful reboot of the much-loved comedy movie with a supernatural bent.

The all-female main cast of the new Ghostbusters will not be engaged at making a remake of hte original, but will be ghostbusters in their own right, busting ghosts their own way with their own style and flair. Besides directing the film, which will begin in New York this coming summer, Paul Feig also is sharing screenwriting duties with Katie Dippold.

For a while, there were talks about the original cast members of Ghostbusters coming back in an entirely new movie. The original director, Ivan Reitman, was poised to direct the film, and Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd were set to reprise their roles. Bill Murray was somewhat on the fence about the idea, at the time. Then, with the passing away of Harold Ramis, the project got shelved.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig showed that they had great on-screen comedic chemistry together in Bridesmaids, and Lesie Jones and Kate McKinnon are two big reasons why fans of SNL still continue to tune in to watch the series week after week. If these four do all sign up to be in the cast of the new version of Ghostbusters, the chances of it being a box office hit are pretty good, as long as the special effects not only measure up to the original, but surpass them. At the time, the special effects in the original Ghostbusters were groundbreaking and state-of-the-art.

The all-female cast of Ghostbusters appears to be materializing, especially with the signing of Melissa McCarthy. Can these four proposed actresses pull off starring together in a reboot that is anywhere close to being as successful as the original Ghostbusters film? The short answer is, with the right script and great special effects, “yes.”

Written By Douglas Cobb

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