Ghostbusters is coming back, with an entirely new team and a new director and screenwriter in Paul Feig and Katie Dippold. Ever since it was confirmed that Feig’s film would feature an all-female team of Ghostbusters, speculation and rumors about which actors might take the roles have been flying thick and fast, with particular attention paid towards Feig’s previous stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.
The list of actors who are like to play the central team of Ghostbusters has now been revealed, but first here’s a quick recap of some of the actors that have reportedly been wanted for and/or tested for and/or interested in roles: Emma Stone, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Jillian Bell, Cecily Strong and Lizzy Caplan.
As for who that made it, THR reports that the actors currently in negotiations to play the main team are Wiig and McCarthy, as well as Saturday Night Live comediennes Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Feig himself quickly confirmed that report by posting a picture of the four actors on Twitter without further comment, and Variety‘s sources corroborated the story.
Talks are still ongoing but Feig’s tweet suggests that the cast is more or less in the bag, and the potential clashes in McCarthy’s schedule have been worked out. If that’s the case then earlier reports indicate that filming will begin in June 2015, once McCarthy has finished filming Michelle Darnell.
For a central cast, this looks like a good blend of established movie stars and lesser-known comedy talent – a similar balance to that of the original Ghostbusters. Feig’s comedy style isn’t universally popular, but there’s a chance that he’ll change things up a little for Ghostbusters since the PG-13 rating will prevent him from leaning too hard on profanity and shock humor.
With filming expected to begin this summer, we’re probably going to start hearing more concrete Ghostbusters casting news in the near future, including confirmation of this main line-up. Perhaps there’s still room for some of the other actors who have been mentioned to make it into the movie, if not into the new team of Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters seems to be targeting a 2016 release, but we’ll keep you updated on any further details.