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Discuss: Who Do You Want in Paul Feig's Reboot of 'Ghostbusters'?

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October 10, 2014

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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:

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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:

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.

Melissa McCarthy

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!

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  • JDubs
    Alison Brie, Emily Blunt, Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
  • Maxx
    Mindy Kaling, Anna Faris, May Rudolph and Emma Stone. With Rebel Wilson as the annoying sidekick. Similar to Rick Moranis' character. Tina Fey as mayor. And, finally, Ryan Gosling as the GB's receptionist.
  • ragethorn
    Bill f'n Murray. Ernie f'n Hudson. Dan f'n Akroyd. :( We miss you already Harold f'n Ramis.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Haha awesome!
  • TXSteadyEddie
    Whoppi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Streisand and Kate Upton
    • TheOct8pus
      Hahaa!!! Sold!
    • Would you actually pay or even want to see that cast as female ghost busters?
      • TheOct8pus
        Yes....except the ghosts are in their vaginas!
  • VP
    Alexandra Daddario, Aubrey Plaza, Zooey Deschanel, Kristin Wiig
  • Michael Fienen
    I can't help it, it feels like a gimmick for gimmick's sake, especially since that's the piece that we're getting wind of ahead of any actual possibly story. If they feel the need to force the entirely female team aspect, there better be a damn good backstory as to why. The story is the important part, the story should dictate the make up of the crew. Deciding "we'll reboot with a female cast, then write the script for it" just seems totally backwards. I also don't give much credit to Paul Feig as a comedic director. The Heat was okay at best for me, Bridesmaids was not funny at all to me (for a lot of reasons I won't bother with here). And the types of females he works with and names thrown around above and in some comments, while funny, are funny in very different ways from the tone and style we got from the original crew. Ghostbusters worked in part thanks to its straight-edge approach to the humor - a technique you don't actually see a lot of today in modern Hollywood comedy.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Doesn't matter 'cause I won't ever see it...
  • Xerxexx
    Emma Watson, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Rosamund Pike.
    • Ricardo_PT
      That's just too good to be true. But I like your taste 😉
      • Xerxexx
        One can dream.
  • TheOct8pus
    Aubrey Plaza as the Billy Murray smartass, Judy Greer as the brainy one, Aisha Tyler as the ethnically diverse one, Amber Nash as the "fat" one and Jessica Walter as the ornery matriarch.....basically the female cast of Archer
    • DAVIDPD
      LOL. The "token Black guy"...
      • TheOct8pus
        Haha....I was using the politically correct terminology
        • DAVIDPD
          I remember when using "token" was politically correct.
    • stavi82
      Screw it, just make an Archer movie.
      • TheOct8pus
        That's what I'm talking about ! They could make many jokes about ISIS stealing their name.
  • Ricardo_PT
    I wish Paul Feig wasn't involved, and I certainly hope Melissa McCarthy is nowhere near the project, I find her absolutely obnoxious, hate her style (to the point that, in my humble opinion, she is one of the worst actors currently working). My picks: Greta Gerwig, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Couldnt agree more. All her lines just seem forced and with very little improv creativity.
  • filmtogo
    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a smart team to cast. Give them Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph and you not only get a really good female Ghostbusters team, but you can marketing the film as SNL Reunion. Think about the four of them reappearing at SNL to promote the film. would make a huge impact. I would also like to see Rose Byrne in that Movie. She has got a really good comedic talent. Perhaps Aubrey Plaza. But I agree that i do not want to see Melissa McCarthy in it as long as she takes her movie role of a big fat sloppy woman. if she's the smart one or anything else, it could work. but not her sloppy role please.
    • Ricardo_PT
      Byrne has been killing it in every comedic role she has done recently. She could definitely pool ir off, very talented and charming as hell.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I assume Harold is currently rolling in his grave because of this atrocity.
  • Jason Smith
    Who do I want? Um, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. 😉
  • ELOHEEM
    stop this madness it will be a horrible reboot... sex,comedy,cleavage,ghost,lesbian moments,dumb easter eggs,fat girl falling alo the end. there are very little movies you can reboot and change the cast. this isnt one of those movies. imagineTNMT,A-TEAM,robocop,rambo,freddy kruger,the godfather a ll female leads. now imagine charlies angels,stella got her groove back,basic instinct,juno,steel magnolias all male lead.
  • Alex
    im sorry but ghostbusters can not be made without Bill Murray I mean he is still alive and making movies why dont you cast him eh?
  • Nielsen700
    No McCarthy please.
    • shane willett
      What about Jenny McCartney - haha - pretty much same kind of comedian - but ones more easy on the eyes
  • DAVIDPD
    1, 2, 3...NO.
  • hselburn
    No McCarthy but what if they could get Charlize Theron? Could she be funny?
    • Ricardo_PT
      Good call. I think she could, I liked her role on Arrested Development and she seems like a genuinely funny woman on her public appearances.
    • shane willett
      She is funny she proved that in Million Ways to Die in the West and she so enjoyable to look at for 2 hours -- even longer
  • Brian Sleider
    Pass, I mean really, no ties? Why should I care about this?
  • Avi
    this will be awesome and absolutely funny! I have complete confidence in Paul feig! Don't ever take the star wars nerds seriously, because they think everything must be well balanced and thought about.
  • stavi82
    Pick whoever the hell you want, but don't call it Ghostbusters, since it has nothing to do with the original...
  • Kyle
    Ghostbusters doesn't need a reboot. Ever. That's like Star Wars getting a reboot. Its blasphemy. Nothing against an all female cast... everything against rebooting a classic that still captivates fans and occasionally gets rereleased in theaters. Its a bad idea.
  • OfficialJab
    No McCarthy dammit
  • shane willett
    The whole point is to cast a younger - 20 something female crew - if you put in a 40 something woman - completely loses the appeal. At first i thought it would be funny for the cast of bride maids or Parks and Rec - but they need to none of the girlies from Zombieland, no lame Xmen girls and use fresh new funny faces- why try and just re-brand GhostBusters like a lame ass Judd Apatow movie - it should be more Frightners - shit Peter Jackson or someone to direct this - or its just gonna be another EASY A clone- Bridesmaids re-branded with Ghosts or pile of dog doodoo which The Heat was - so either way its gonna be okay but not amazing like 1 & 2 were - they need to enlist real special effects like using Frank OZ or Henson to do props for ghost - cuz 3D is fuckin lame !
  • shane willett
    He's gonna die in it ... bet you - there gonna have to have Murray in it- since he's still into the whole appeal he has on the fan boy / fan girl - he'll do it ... Akroyd and Murray are the 2 i remember the most Peter and Ray - Egon was cool in the cartoon and Winston just made me think of smoking - so lets do this and stop talking about it already
  • Miguel Garay Boszeta
    but WHY all-female cast? maybe 50/50, but all-female?
  • Miguel Garay Boszeta
    I cast Kat Dennings and Aisha Tyler.
  • allen hileman
    DAN AKROYD ERNIE HUDSON KEVIN SMITH AND TERRY CRUZE THERES THE NEW GHOSTBUSTERS

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