[Mild SPOILER for the Ghostbusters reboot ahead.]
Production on the Ghostbusters reboot is well underway, and set photos have already emerged including our first look at the (slightly) re-imagined Ecto-1 and proton packs, as well as the all new Ghostbusting team: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Billed strictly as a reboot of the franchise, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) has stressed on numerous occasions that this Ghostbusters movie is not a third instalment of the original franchise, but a complete reimagining which will start from scratch. There is, of course, a new team, a new secretary in the form of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, a new car and new ghosts - but that hasn’t stopped Feig reaching out to previous Ghostbusters cast members and asking them to make an appearance.
Dan Akroyd, who played Ray Stanz in the first two Ghostbuster movies (in addition to co-writing both films), confirmed via his Twitter (in a post that was later deleted) that he had been on set filming a cameo in a scene that features Wiig. Here's the comment from his original Tweet:
“On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’s are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating!”
The Tweet might have been quickly taken down, but the news was already out via Indie Revolver, and speculation started as to the type of cameo Akroyd will play. It seems incredibly unlikely that he will appear as Stanz, given Feig’s desire to make this an all-new Ghostbusters movie. Still, his presence (however fleeting it might be) will still please fans.
Rumor is that Aykroyd will be playing a cabbie of some description in the new Ghostbusters, with some saying he pulls up and shouts a line from the classic film to Wiig’s character. Suggestions range from “Who you gonna call?” to “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” but of course, only time will tell.
Akroyd has been one of the biggest supporters of the Ghostbusters reboot from the get-go, so it’s really no surprise that he agreed to a cameo appearance. What isn’t clear is whether any of the other original cast members will follow suit. Billy Murray did not want to reform for a third film, so he might well decline an offer, and Rick Moranis is retired (though it would be wonderful to see him back on screen).
Meanwhile, Sigourney Weaver told Screen Rant back in March 2015 that she was hopeful that Feig and team would think of some way for her to appear though again, it would be unlikely that it would be as Dana Barrett. It would also be great to see Ernie Hudson pop up in some form, too. After all, despite his protestations that this is a brand new movie, Feig is giving a nod to the original franchise - possibly in a hope to recapture some of success it found in the eighties.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S theaters on July 22, 2016.
Source: Indie Revolver