A continuation of the classic ’80s sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters has long been in the works, but a reboot of the franchise gained steam last year at Sony Pictures when Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) signed on to direct. At the time, Feig’s reboot caused controversy due to the director’s focus on an all-female ghostbusting team.
Keeping in line with the director’s gender-swapping of the property, Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) has been cast as the receptionist for the ghost hunting team.
THR is reporting that Hemsworth has signed on to the reboot as the receptionist for the Ghostbusters, a role that was portrayed by Annie Potts in the 1984 film. Hemsworth joins previous Feig collaborators Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, who will lead the charge against the ghosts of NYC.
Hemsworth rose to fame as an action hero with roles as Thor in Marvel’s cinematic universe and The Huntsman in Universal Picture’s updated take on Snow White, though he has ventured into more serious parts as well. Additionally, Hemsworth displayed his comedy chops – and worked with both Jones and McKinnon – in his turn hosting SNL this past season.
In terms of experience, Hemsworth certainly doesn’t have as many comedic roles under his belt as his Ghostbusters costars, but Feig’s reboot won’t be a straight comedy. As the director has previously said, his Ghostbusters will be a mix of comedy and horror – perhaps along the lines of Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods, in which Hemsworth played the athlete, Curt.
At this point, it’s difficult to say whether Hemsworth will work well in his his role as the receptionist for the Ghostbusters, but the actor’s previous work with two of the main cast members should give fans some hope for a funny office dynamic. As for Hemsworth’s comedic skills, moviegoers will have a chance to see them this summer in a reboot of another classic ’80s property: Vacation.
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Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.