The beloved Ghostbusters franchise was established in the 1980s with Ivan Reitman's original film, and earned a sequel, Ghostbusters II, but a third movie in the series failed to gain any traction. Now, Paul Feig (Bridgesmaids, Spy) is rebooting the classic horror comedy franchise from a script he co-write with Katie Dippold (The Heat). Feig's Ghostbusters will feature a new team of ghost hunters tackling the supernatural goings on of New York City when the film debuts this summer.
The new Ghostbusting team is made up of two supernatural experts, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), as well as nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and MTA employee Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). Another member of the Ghostbusters team is their receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who is the focus of a new featurette for the summer movie.
Sony released the Ghostbusters character featurette (above) focusing on Kevin, as explained by the cast and crew, in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. Hemsworth, for instance, describes Kevin as "a big, dumb puppy dog," while McKinnon says, "[He's] a Ken doll with the insides scooped out." Furthermore, Feig, Jones, McCarthy, and Wiig praise Hemsworth's comedic skills.
For the most part, the marketing of Ghostbusters has understandably focused on the four leading characters, who have been featured prominently in the trailers, posters, and magazine covers teasing film. Though Kevin did appear more in the international trailer, he has largely remained a mystery. However, we do know that Kevin is the re-imagined version of Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts), the receptionist from the original Ghostbusters.
Hemsworth, for his part, is largely known for his action roles, specifically starring in the Thor movies at Marvel Studios and playing the Asgardian in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, the actor also has a number of recent flops under his belt - Blackhat, In the Heart of the Sea, and most recently The Huntsman: Winter's War - which has brought his box office bankability into question, at least in terms of action-driven blockbusters.
That being said, Ghostbusters is one of few instances in which Hemsworth has been able to operate in a largely comedic role, to which he seems to be well-suited. In the past, he has shined in hosting duties on Saturday Night Live (alongside Ghostbusters co-stars Jones and McKinnon), as well as in smaller roles in the Vacation semi-reboot and the dark comedy The Cabin in the Woods. Additionally, from what we see of Hemsworth in this Kevin-focused featurette, it seems he uses those comedy skills to add another dynamic to the team in Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters hits U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures