Who ya gonna call? Paul Rudd. That’s right, sound the firehouse alarm because the ageless actor has officially signed on to join the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Because between his killer dance moves and playing one of the funniest and smartest Avengers isn’t enough, he figured he’d add another reason for us to love him.
Variety reported on June 27 that he was in “final negotiations” to play a teacher in the film that’s set for a 2020 summer release, but Rudd announced the news on Twitter so it appears to be a done deal. Also in talks are Carrie Coon of Fargo fame, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and Gifted actress Mckenna Grace. Insiders told Variety that Coon will play a mom and Wolfhard will portray her son; no word on Grace’s role. It’s also unknown if or how the original Ghostbusters cast will connect to the 2020 version but Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver are all rumoured to return and while his name is in the mix, fans of the OG movie are also hoping Ernie Hudson will also be back.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) June 27, 2019
Ivan Reitman directed the original Ghostbusters back in 1984 and son Jason Reitman is taking the reins behind the camera this time around (though Ivan will be credited as a producer in the new installment). Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer and Jason, who co-wrote the screenplay of the flick with Gil Kenan, couldn’t be happier with the latest casting news. “I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance,” Reitman said in a statement. “I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.” Which makes Rudd’s video on Twitter, in which he confirmed the news in front of the iconic ghostbusting headquarters, all the more sweet.
You may recall there was a new Ghostbusters added to the canon in 2016, with Paul Feig’s all-female version starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, but Reitman’s told Entertainment Weekly that his take will be “the next chapter in the original franchise” and “what happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”