Jason Reitman, co-writer and director of the upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters sequel, has confirmed a few new members of the film's cast, including Captain Marvel's McKenna Grace. Though there are still plenty of shoes to fill in the new film, the confirmed cast has certainly set a strong foundation for announcements to come.
Ignoring Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters remake with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, Reitman's upcoming sequel is set within the same universe as his father's - filmmaker Ivan Reitman - original two films from 1984 and 1989, respectively. The third film in the franchise will follow a younger team of paranormally-inclined heroes, though any specific details regarding the plot have yet to surface. As of now, the film will reportedly center around a group of teenagers, and while there have been some names considered for various parts, Jason Reitman has officially confirmed who he's brought aboard.
Reitman tweeted the casting announcement, confirming that Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and The Leftovers' Carrie Coon will star, while also revealing that McKenna Grace, who starred as Young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, has been cast as well. Though he didn't offer any details about their roles, he wrote, "Meet the family." This suggests that he's either welcoming them into the Ghostbusters family or that the characters are related to each other in the film. Check out the tweet below:
Aside from this new venture, all three actors are more than familiar with big-budget blockbusters. After finding success on Stranger Things, Wolfhard broke out on the big screen with 2017's IT, and he'll be showing up in the sequel this fall. Meanwhile, aside from Captain Marvel, Grace is the lead character in the upcoming entry in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle Comes Home, and Coon recently played the villainous Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War.
From the looks of it, the most obvious assumption is that the new Ghostbusters will see Coon playing the mother to Wolfhard and Grace. However, the bigger question has to do with what Coon's connection might be to the original Ghostbusters. Assuming she's one of the original member's daughters, then Reitman's tweet might be hinting at a family even bigger than this new trio. And if that's the case, on one hand, having the kids play Peter Venkman's grandkids opens the door for Bill Murray to play a significant role; but on the other hand, having them related to Egon Spengler would be a touching nod to the late Harold Ramis.
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- Ghostbusters 3 (2020) release date: Jul 10, 2020
- IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019
- Annabelle Comes Home (2019) release date: Jun 26, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019