Discuss: Who Do You Want in Paul Feig's Reboot of 'Ghostbusters'?
by Ethan Anderton
October 10, 2014
It's been a big week for news regarding the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. It's been officially confirmed that the percolating project at Sony Pictures from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and The Heat writer Katie Dippold will be a hard reboot featuring an all-female team of paranormal investigators (teaser image from Mashable). That means there won't be any ties to the first two Ghostbusters films. In addition, Feig also said yesterday this wouldn't be a remake of the original Ghostbusters, and would have a completely new approach to the concept that wouldn't duplicate the original characters and simply adapt them for female actresses. That means anything is possible. So who do you want to star in the film? Discuss!
First up, the folks at Vulture have put together some potential Ghostbusters reboot movie posters featuring some of their picks for the team. They're somewhat tongue-in-cheek picks, but there are some good ideas:
The problem is that there's at least one actress in each of these assemblies that just doesn't seem to fit. Thankfully, there are endless suggestions on Twitter about who they would like to see in the movie. Some of them aren't great, others are weird or jokes, but that's the internet for you:
Here you go. The four new lady Ghostbusters should be four Emmas. Emma Stone. Emma Watson. Emma Roberts. EMMA THOMPSON.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 9, 2014
Dream ghostbusters cast since everyone’s doing it: Jessica Williams Abbi Jacobson Iilana Glazer Jenny Slate secretary: Gabe Liedman
— Ghost Da(vi)d (@Steeeeeeeevens) October 10, 2014
— Vince Mancini (@Filmdrunk) October 10, 2014
— Bucky Sinister (@bucky_sinister) October 10, 2014
— Crisman Richards (@CrismanRichards) October 10, 2014
quick movie poster mockup of my dream cast for the new ghostbusters movie pic.twitter.com/N6N4tGW8G1
— Eli Terry (@EliTerry) October 9, 2014
Very excited about the new Ghostbusters cast! pic.twitter.com/Yo3oYo8BAb
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) October 8, 2014
new Ghostbusters cast must at least include Wiig, Poehler, Fey and McCarthy with Carol Burnett as the mayor
— Jeremy VAAAHHHHHH (@CouchShouts) October 8, 2014
There are plenty of possibilities, and since this is a hard reboot, there's no reason to pigeonhole actresses into a specific character role like Venkman or Egon, because while they same basic skeleton for character dynamics might be present, they won't be playing female versions of those exact characters. Many people seem to be trying to match up actresses with who would be the best replacement for Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, but that's just not necessary. It's hard to make a good case for a cast without a script, but that's why this is just a discussion.
For my money, I think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler just need to be part of the cast. They have such incredible chemistry, and they're two of the funniest comediennes working today. But then you start thinking about Kristen Wiig getting in on that fun, and it just seems like a no-brainer to round out the "Saturday Night Live" lady Dream Team with Maya Rudolph. The latter is the only one on a short list of suggestions that The Dissolve has put together, and they have some other interesting choices like Eva Green, stand-up comic Maria Bamford and "The Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams.
By the way, since we've already discussed pretty much the entire cast of Bridesmaids, let me just repeat what I've said previously about the potential inclusions of Melissa McCarthy. While I think McCarthy is a funny woman, stole tons of scenes in Bridesmaids, and worked well in The Heat and This is 40. She's pretty much played the same kind of loud, obnoxious, rough-around-the-edges character in all of her comedy appearances so far. Right now, I just think we need a break from McCarthy comedically. If she's going to be part of the Ghostbusters reboot, I don't want her on the team, I would rather have her in a role akin to what Rick Moranis did in the original Ghostbusters.
But there likely has to be some younger cast members entering the mix this time. Emma Stone has been frequently mentioned as a great potential lady Ghostbuster, and Anna Kendrick would be equally fantastic. But everyone has thought of those. What about Brie Larson? She's proven to be funny and great in films like 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Speaking of that latter film, let's not forget Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Or how about bringing in "Community" star Alison Brie? As another TV star, Mindy Kaling has also been a big hit with her own show "The Mindy Project," not to mention her work on "The Office" for years and years, and she would add some diversity to the cast.
There's also a slew of great female comedy stars who would just be fun additions to the cast like Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Jenny Slate, Chelsea Peretti, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, Emily Heller, Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon and Morgan Murphy. Most of all those names are stand-up comics and sketch comedy stars, many of them with plenty of TV experience and supporting roles in films too. This would be a huge role for them to take on, and they all have varying comedy chops to play with a lot of the big comedy names.
Other actresses who come to mind include Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Faris, Kristen Bell or Rebel Wilson (though she has a similar Melissa McCarthy problem). Or if Sony really wants to shoot for the moon, would they try to get big names like Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain or Jennifer Lawrence? Neither has really ventured into straight-up comedy, and it doesn't seem like they would fit in all that well with Feig's comedy style, but maybe they've just been waiting for an opportunity like that. Anyway, we could do this all day. But we really want to hear who you would like to be in the inevitable Ghosbusters reboot. Who are you going to call? Sound off with your picks below!