The Ghostbusters movie franchise reboot – currently scheduled to reach theaters in Summer 2016 – famously boasts an all-women main cast. The ensemble includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones playing a team of ghost-catchers working in modern New York, with Chris Hemsworth serving as their secretary (who also gets to suit up, as revealed by leaked set photos).
It was previously been reported that the Original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts are all onboard for cameos in the reboot; the only missing key players from the previous Ghostbusters films were Sigourney Weaver, the late Harold Ramis, and the long-retired Rick Moranis. Now, however, it’s been confirmed that Weaver will also make an appearance in the film (as she had previously indicated she hoped to do).
Ghostbusters reboot co-writer/director Paul Feig, apparently getting ahead of news that was about to break, revealed Weaver’s part in the film through his verified Twitter account (see below):
Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I'll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 25, 2015
Weaver played Dana Barrett, the professional cellist whose apartment was haunted by ghosts in the very first Ghostbusters movie, who was later overtaken by demon Zuul and uttered the famous line “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” Feig has said on multiple occasions that his Ghostbusters film is a hard reboot of the franchise, meaning that Weaver won’t be reprising her role as Dana here – though, the film will probably include a nod to Weaver’s history with the Ghostbusters property (as should be true for other “special appearances” in the movie).
It’s hard to see the news of Weaver’s involvement as anything but welcome. She’s remained a viable and dynamite screen presence, for the entire three decades Ghostbusters was on the sidelines, and she was certainly an integral part of the first two Ghostbusters movies. Furthermore, Weaver’s involvement is just further proof that this franchise reboot has the blessing of those involved with past installments – providing all the more reason to be hopeful that the final product shall silence the opposition, when it finally hits the scene.
As for any concerns that the Ghostbusters reboot is booming too crowded: keep in mind, people like Weaver should only be making brief appearances in the film – and if not, well, Feig’s already proven he knows how to handle a sprawling cast, with movies like Bridesmaids.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Paul Feig