Sigourney Weaver has confirmed her involvement with Ghostbusters 3, and indicated that original stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd will also be returning. Weaver famously costarred in the 1984 Ghostbusters as Dana Barrett, a cellist who reaches out to the Ghostbusters when she finds herself being haunted by a mysterious demon called Zuul. The screen icon and her costars would go on to reprise their various roles in 1989's Ghostbusters II, but the sequel's overall middling reception led to the franchise being put on ice until 2016, when it was rebooted by director Paul Feig. And while Feig's movie included cameos from the original Ghostbusters cast (sans the late Harold Ramis), it ultimately ended up becoming a box office disappointment.
Jump to the present and Ghostbusters 3 is now moving forward, with filmmaker Jason Reitman (son of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 director Ivan Reitman) calling the shots from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan (Monster House). The film will reportedly revolve around a group of teenagers who take up the ghost-busting business in the present-day, and counts Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard, Captain Marvel's McKenna Grace, and The Leftovers' Carrie Coon among its confirmed cast members so far. Now, it appears we can add a few more names to that list.
During a recent interview with Parade, Weaver confirmed she will appear in Ghostbusters 3. She also indicated that Aykroyd and Murray are members of the film's cast, saying "It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Beyond that, however, Weaver avoided revealing anything in the way of new plot or character-related information.
Aykroyd co-wrote the original Ghostbusters with Ramis and has been the franchise's biggest supporter since it was launched, so it's no surprise that he's coming back for Ghostbusters 3. Murray, by comparison, has long been vocal about his disappointment with Ghostbusters II and didn't seem all that interested in making a third film throughout the 1990s and 2000s. However, just this past month, he said he's open to appearing in Ghostbusters 3, and explained that his hesitancy about making the movie in the past had more to do with Sony's changes in leadership over the years than anything else. It appears he wasn't just talking, either, and has now committed to sharing the screen with Weaver, Aykroyd, and their younger costars in the forthcoming sequel.
That just leaves Ernie Hudson unaccounted for, as far as the primary stars of the 1984 Ghostbusters are concerned. There's no mention of him in Parade's article, but Hudson has confirmed that he met with Reitman to congratulate him after Ghostbusters 3 was announced. At the time, Hudson said he hadn't been approaching about reprising his role as Winston Zeddemore in the film, but signaled that he's open to the idea. It would certainly be nice to have him back with the rest of the returning guard in Ghostbusters 3, so here's hoping Reitman finds room for Hudson in the movie.
- Ghostbusters 3 (2020) release date: Jul 10, 2020