Who you gonna call? When it comes to the leads in the upcoming female-led Ghostbusters movie, you’re gonna call Melissa McCarthy, it seems. And you’re not going to stop there.
Sony confirmed on Tuesday that the Bridesmaids and Mike & Molly actress will indeed play one of the proton-pack wearing gals in the upcoming blockbuster, proving that sometimes months of speculation does come true. Well Bill Murray, you got your wish. Now can you do us a solid and book a cameo?
Now that McCarthy is locked in, Sony is going after former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig and current SNL players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Jones is a relative newcomer, whereas McKinnon has made her mark on the franchise thanks to her impersonations of Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, to name a few.
Negotiations to star in the Paul Feig movie are reportedly underway.
Of course Feig also helmed Bridesmaids, so he’s quite familiar with Wiig and McCarthy’s range. And their casting would put Murray’s aforementioned wishlist at 2/4. Sorry Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini.
The original 1984 film starred Murray, Canadian Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as the four poltergist and phantom punishing quartet. While Sony hasn’t announced an official title or which roles the gals were played, we’ve got some guesses of our own.
McCarthy? Sure, she could technically pull a Murray and play a Dr. Peter Venkman-type leading lady, but we see that sarcastic role going to Wiig. In our hearts, McCarthy’s enthusiasm and physical comedy would make her the perfect female version of Aykroyd’s Dr. Raymond Stantz. That leaves McKinnon as the alter-ego to the slightly nerdy Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) and Jones as the down-to-earth female version of Winston Zeddmore (Hudson).
The Ghostbusters reboot, or Ghostbusters III as some are referring to it, is expected to begin shooting this summer in New York.