Female Ghostbusters Gets Its Cast

Director Feig's picks include 3 current and former 'SNL' cast members
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2015 2:05 AM CST
Female 'Ghostbusters' Gets Its Cast
Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy pose in the audience at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, the new Ghostbusters you're going to call will be women, and reboot director Paul Feig has now chosen his cast. He tweeted last night that the four main characters will Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Feig, who says the movie will be filmed this summer for a July 22, 2016, release date, directed McCarthy and Wiig in Bridesmaids. McKinnon and Jones are current Saturday Night Live cast members (and Wiig got her start there), as were original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, the Guardian notes.

Negotiations are still in progress but all four are expected to sign up for the project, which has had a troubled development process, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A sequel with the original cast from the 1984 hit had been in the works for years, but it was difficult to get Murray on board and original director Ivan Reitman dropped out after the death of original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis last year. (More Melissa McCarthy stories.)

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