Every other week, another reboot or remake seems to find its way into theaters. However, few have had such as long and arduous road as Ghostbusters.
For years, another entry in the franchise has been in various states of development, with much of the speculation centering on Dan Aykroyd’s efforts to pull the project together and the question of Bill Murray’s potential involvement. Now that both men are confirmed to have cameo roles in director Paul Feig’s reboot, it appears that next year’s Ghostbusters is set to feature even more familiar faces.
According to THR, Ernie Hudson — who played Winston Zeddemore in both the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel — was spotted on the set during the last day of shooting, though there are no details on how he’ll factor into the film. Likewise, The Boston Herald (via ComicBook.com) reports that Annie Potts has a scene in the film as a hotel clerk. She, of course, played receptionist Janine Melnitz in the first two films, a position which will reportedly be filled by Chris Hemsworth in the new version.
Since Aykroyd and Murray are playing new characters in the film, it’s unlikely that any of the original cast members will be reprising their earlier roles. After all, Feig’s film — which focuses on a new all-female squad of paranormal investigators — will mark a fresh start for the franchise. Still, the involvement on any of the original films’ players is a clear sign that, as Murray recently pointed out, the new film has the backing of the very cast that kicked off the whole series in the first place.
At this point, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis are the only remaining actors of the original films’ core cast who don’t have confirmed roles in the upcoming reboot. However, with filming nearly finished, it’s unclear if either star will take part, especially Moranis, as he has largely retired from acting. Still, with the reported addition of Hudson and Potts to the cameo pool, there may yet be a chance we’ll see Weaver and Moranis too.
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Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15, 2016.