Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon Are 'Ghostbusters' Too
by Ethan Anderton
January 27, 2015
After we heard that Melissa McCarthy was in talks for a role in Ghostbusters, it looks like director Paul Feig has found the rest of the paranormal investigators. Feig just took to Twitter with a picture of four actresses for the lead roles and not only is McCarthy confirmed to be in the film, but the rest of the crew is all "Saturday Night Live" cast members, though not all of them are the ones many were hoping for. Instead, Kristen Wiig Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the other three Ghostbusters. Deadline says the studio is still in talks with all the stars, but Feig seems to be sure that everything is going to work. Read on!
Here's the tweet from Paul Feig announcing the cast, just with an image:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Many wanted Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as part of this cast, but Kristen Wiig is a solid choice. Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the huge surprises though. McKinnon has only been on "Saturday Night Live" for a couple seasons, but her presence has been great, proving to be one of the best current cast members right now. Meanwhile, Jones just joined the cast this season, and she's been making some decent waves on the show, though I only really find her enjoyable in small doses. Now that the main cast is assembled, we just hope the script from Katie Dippold is good. Thoughts?
UPDATES: First of all, Paul Feig just announced the release date for the Ghostbusters reboot:
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 28, 2015
In addition, HitFix has some details on the characters we'll see in this reboot, which won't shoehorn the ladies into the same personalities or characters we saw from the original Ghostbusters franchise. The film is still in the early stages, but the ladies are as follows:
Erin Gabler is an academic on the tenure track at Columbia. Her former colleague and co-author is…
Abby Bergman, who’s more on the pop parapsychology side of things, and pursues ghosts for a living.
Jillian is Abby’s ghost hunting partner.
Patty is an MTA employee who comes across the main ghost.
Now we don't know for sure which actress is playing what character, but HitFix guesses that Wiig is Erin, Jones is Abby, McKinnon is Jillian, and McCarthy is Patty. However, my train of thought, just from these descriptions, imagines Wiig as Erin, McKinnon as Abby, McCarthy as Jillian and Jones as Patty. But HitFix may know more about their personalities beyond these small descriptions, so I could be completely off. But that's not all the details that have been unveiled about the Ghostbusters reboot.
Reportedly, the villain will be a "creepy mechanical genius" and they're hoping Peter Dinklage will take the role. In addition, there's the role of Martin Heiss, a professional debunker of the supernatural who tries to disprove the antics of the Ghostbusters after some videos of theirs go viral. He's described as being akin to William Atherton's character Walter Peck from the EPA in the original Ghostbusters. And who do they want for that role? They actually want that to be the cameo that brings Bill Murray into the movie, which would be brilliant. Again, it's still in the early stages of coming together, so things can change, but this doesn't sound half bad. Stay tuned for more