[Mild SPOILERS for the Ghostbusters reboot ahead.]
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood or something’s weird and it don’t look good, you know who to call – Ghostbusters. This summer there’s a new team answering the call: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, stars of Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot. And being that it’s a reboot of a beloved property, Ghostbusters has already split the fanbase – with some critical of any movie that isn’t a direct continuation of the originals, while others are excited to see the franchise evolve.
Seemingly aware that some simply won’t accept a Ghostbusters movie without the original actors, there are plenty of cameos planned. Just about everyone (except Rick Moranis) is expected to return for some small role, from Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver to Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. Original Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd – who has for years tried very hard to make Ghostbusters 3 a reality – will also appear in the movie, and tonight during Ghostbusters’ Cinemacon presentation, his cameo scene was revealed.
What was shown during the Ghostbusters CinemaCon sizzle reel may not be the entirety of Akroyd’s scene, but the clip that was featured does suggest how he fits in the movie. As JoBlo explains:
Got a glimpse of Dan Aykroyd's cameo as a cab driver where he says "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." #CinemaCon— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) April 13, 2016
Sounds like a cute scene, one that clearly plays on the audience’s nostalgia, though here’s hoping it’s not one of dozens of lines which hearken back to the originals. A few callbacks here and there is fine, but fill the film with too many and it’ll become harder for Ghostbusters to stand on its own.
Another tweet from /Film‘s Peter Sciretta also confirms Aykroyd’s cameo, mentioning “an OG ghosbuster” appears, and that the footage shown was of the same ilk as what we’ve seen in the trailer:
Saw a scene from Ghostbusters. Anyone who didn't like the trailer wouldn't be convinced by this scene. Also a cameo from an oG ghostbuster— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 13, 2016
The divisive reactions to this Ghostbusters aren’t at all new, but fans’ complaints happen for a variety of reasons. The loudest and and most unreasonable are from those who simply can’t fathom or won’t accept of a team of women who are Ghostbusters, but there are other, more sensible fans who have also been critical – citing the recent trailers as lacking the original film’s inventiveness and wit.
Of course, it’s always tricky judging a finished film by its trailers, especially with how a little editing can produce different results. And with likes of Murray and Aykroyd not only appearing but also praising Ghostbusters, why not at least wait until the movie releases to pass final judgement?
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
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