Over the last year, fans and skeptics alike watched as, piece by piece, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot came together. It started with exciting packages in tiny tweets, which included images of the new proton packs, the uniforms, his slime requirements, and of course, the ‘80s throwback of Ecto 1. Following that, a number of production stills leaked out across the Internet, as well as plot details keeping the buzz alive. Then, everything fell quiet on the Ghostbusters front – until recently, that is.
In December, a new set of images, character and villain details, and toy prototypes came flooding out. Now, the marketing team at Sony Pictures has released a fresh batch of cast pictures, finally giving us our first look at Chris Hemsworth’s Norse God gone secretary.
And at first glance (via Collider), the new Ghostbusters definitely has Hemsworth looking more Louis Tulley than Thor Odinson. Even a pair of glasses can’t remove the actor’s chiseled features, though. Unlike Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) in the original film, though, it looks like this secretary takes a more active role, as a set photo leaked back in August showing Hemsworth’s Kevin dressed in one of the new jumpsuits — giving the actor more of to do than just trade barbs with the cast. It also sounds like these paranormal investigators (and eliminators) are in serious need of a little extra help, as the ghosts of “pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters” descend upon New York City, making life very difficult for its citizens.
Along with the shots of the new Janine Melnitz, Sony also released several shots of the disassembled team (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon) looking much more casual than their action jumpsuit shots (from Ghostbusternews.com).
There are also rumors that the first official trailer will launch during the Superbowl. But with a summer release, and a video game in progress, it’s likely that Sony’s marketing machine will kick into high gear soon. No matter when the trailer drops, though, seeing the new Ghostbusters in action will be an interesting compare/contrast of the differences and similarities between the classic film and this modern update, as well as Feig’s stylistic choices.
Director Feig decided early on that he wanted to swap gender roles, so naturally he chose to transition Annie Potts’ classic Janine Melnitz into a male character as well. His selection of beefy Thor actor Hemsworth as a nebbish receptionist may have initially raised a few eyebrows, but the actor showed off his comedic chops in the Vacation redux. His tongue-in-cheek moments as the Norse hammer slinger also tipped fans off to his funny bone. And Feig is definitely no slouch at comedy, making the hilarious Bridesmaids and Spy, so Hemsworth likely received plenty of coaching, had he needed it. It should be a heck of a lot of fun watching him banter with such an amazing cast of comic actresses and returning greats.
Despite gripes about a scarier Ghostbusters (the first film freaked me out and cracked me up as a child) and an all-female team (gender doesn’t matter as long as the film is well-made and funny), the third entry into the series shows a lot of promise. Feig’s reboot still faces an uphill battle, though, since it will be judged both against its own merits as a film and against the classic 1984 film and its well-oiled comedy team.
Ghostbusters will be released in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.