Original Ghostbusters actor Ernie Hudson reveals in an online video message that he's currently filming scenes for Jason Reitman's upcoming sequel. Hudson's character of Winston Zeddemore has always stood apart a bit from the other Ghostbusters, to the point where it sometimes seems he doesn't get enough respect. As the only non-scientist among the group, Winston may not have been as up on the methods and tools for catching spirits, but he brought the valuable perspective of a normal person to the supernatural proceedings, offering audiences a character they could identify with along the way.
Fans will recall that Winston initially took the job not because he wanted to bust ghosts, or even believed they existed. He became a Ghostbuster for the same reason most people accept a job: he needed the paycheck. Over the course of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II though, Winston became an invaluable member of the titular team, and delivered such hilarious classic lines as "Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say, "yes!" and "That's a big Twinkie."
While it's been a bit unclear whether all the surviving original Ghostbusters would play a role in Jason Reitman's 2020 follow-up to his father Ivan's signature films, and if so, how big a part they would play in the story, Hudson himself has now confirmed his involvement. As part of a personalized video message uploaded to the website Cameo, Hudson - appearing in Ghostbusters costume, but likely not the one from the new movie - lets the recipient in on the fact that he's currently filming scenes for Ghostbusters 2020. Unfortunately, Cameo's videos aren't embeddable, so click the link below to watch.
Additionally, Hudson says he hopes the recipient enjoys the new movie as much as he enjoyed prior Ghostbusters films, and that he's having a blast filming it. After the film's announcement earlier this year, Hudson revealed that he had yet to be approached about participating, and then later said he reached out to Jason Reitman directly. Clearly that led to his return for Ghostbusters 2020, although it's still unknown just how much of the movie Winston Zeddemore will be a factor in.
Ghostbusters 2020 is of course intended to both pay tribute to the past while introducing the future, in the form of a new young Ghostbusters team. If Reitman wants to please diehard fans, he definitely needs to find a balance between featuring the classic team and focusing on the newbies. One new adult face in the sequel will be Paul "Ant-Man" Rudd, playing a seismologist investigating mysterious earthquakes in a small town. One assumes those events have some type of supernatural origin. Sadly, one original Ghostbuster, Harold Ramis has passed away, so there can't be a full reunion. If spirits exist though, it's likely he'll be smiling down on the set, finally seeing his old friends suit up for another adventure.
Source: Ernie Hudson/Cameo
- Ghostbusters 3 (2020) release date: Jul 10, 2020