Director Paul Feig’s female-led reboot of classic comedy franchise Ghostbusters has been in production for several weeks already, and the director hasn’t been shy about sharing teases of what’s to come. Recent reveals include a first look at the proton packs that stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will be wielding, and a sneak peek at the uniforms they’ll be wearing.
Ghostbusters looks to be headed on the right track from a casting standpoint. Pulling heavily from Saturday Night Live‘s repertoire of female humorists, director Paul Feig is right on the money in his inclusion of two current Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players, McKinnon and Jones. Just because the Ghostbusters reboot has already begun filming, however, it doesn’t mean that new cast members can’t still join the lineup.
According to a report from The Wrap, Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) have just been cast in the Ghostbusters reboot, along with New York City’s NY1 news anchor, Pat Kiernan, and comedian Matt Walsh (Veep). Garcia has been cast as the Major of New York City, but Williams and Walsh’s roles aren’t clear yet as their character names are just listed as Hawkins and Rourke, respectively. The report also confirms that SNL cast member Cecily Strong, who was previously rumored to be wanted for a key supporting role, has officially joined the cast,
Coming off of Feig’s commercial and critical success with Ghostbusters stars McCarthy and Wiig in the 2011 hit Bridesmaids, his newest comedienne-led comedy could come out on top with the additional support of Garcia, Williams and Walsh. As was the case with Feig’s casting of Jason Statham in Spy earlier this summer, including dramatic actors like Williams and Garcia in his newest production should lend some weight to the comedy. And if his work with leading studio comedy director Todd Phillips serves as any indication, Walsh shouldn’t have any problem adding his own comic voice to the proceedings.
The addition of dramatic and comic heavy-weights like Garcia, Williams, Strong, and Walsh should prove more than compatible to the professional acumen of the already announced Chris Hemsworth.
Regardless of what you may think about an all female Ghostbusters reboot, the newest film to be included in the classic comedy franchise will be heading into theaters next summer. We’ll keep you updated on any further news as production continues.
Ghostbusters will release in theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
Source: The Wrap