Director Paul Feig's (Spy, Bridesmaids) Ghostbusters is a reboot of the 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Both writers co-starred in the film with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson rounding out the ghostbusting team. Although the team returned for the sequel Ghostbusters II in 1989, Feig's reboot will feature an all-new team of four female ghostbusters.
But that doesn't mean the original cast won't be involved. Aykroyd previously confirmed he will make an appearance in the new film, and now another original member of the Ghostbusters is reported to appear alongside the new team.
Earlier, ComingSoon reported that Bill Murray was spotted in Boston, MA, heading to the Ghostbusters set. Now, THR is reporting Murray will, in fact, appear in the new Ghostbusters feature. Little is known about what role Murray will play, whether he'll reprise his original part as Dr. Peter Venkman, or join the cast as an entirely new character.
Though Aykroyd's cameo in Feig's reboot didn't come as much of a surprise, since he has been pushing for another film for many years, Murray has long been against appearing in another Ghostbusters movie. However, a report earlier this year claimed Sony wanted the actor to appear in Feig's reboot in a new role: a supernatural skeptic named Martin Heiss, who attempts to debunk the Ghostbusters' work.
At this point, it appears both Murray and Aykroyd’s roles in the Ghostbusters feature will be new to the franchise, since Feig stated the film will be a hard reboot. That certainly lends credence to the idea that Murray will play the aforementioned supernatural skeptic. Then again, it could be an even smaller part that is more in the vein of the cab driver Aykroyd is rumored to appear as.
Whatever the roles may be, though, they will likely offer a nod to the original films, as Feig has said his movie will pay homage to them. Perhaps, with both Aykroyd and Murray now appearing, Feig will find room for another original Ghostbusters star, Sigourney Weaver, who told Screen Rant earlier this year that she would be interested in appearing.
Feig will direct Ghostbusters from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold (The Heat). The cast of the new Ghostbusters features four main characters: Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). Additional cast members include Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) among others.
Ghostbusters will premiere in theaters July 15th, 2016.