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Meet the All-Female Cast of the New Ghostbusters Reboot

Contributed by on January 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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Group of Comic Con attendees in the costumes of ghostbusters during Comic Con 2014 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City

In case you hadn’t heard, a Ghostbusters reboot is in the works, and it’s getting an all-female cast. Director Paul Feig confirmed the new cast on Twitter, which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news with Feig later tweeting a photo montage of the four actresses to confirm the reports.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig starred in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids in 2011. Wiig also spent nine years on Saturday Night Live. Both Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are a part of the current SNL cast.

The four gals will take over from the original 80s poltergeist police team. The original Ghostbusters cast consisted of Dan Aykroyd, the late Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. The iconic film made almost $300 million globally at the box office. A sequel, Ghostbusters II, was released five years later.

The reboot has been in the works for quite some time. The first initial director (original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman) pegged the original cast to reprise their roles in the film. But after the death of Harold Ramis and scheduling difficulties with Dan Aykroyd, the film was scrapped and turned over to Paul Feig who envisioned an all-female cast.

According to Aykroyd, the idea of a female team is “swell”. Aykroyd claimed that the cast consists of the most “magnificent women in comedy”. Murray also came out and praised the idea of an all-female cast, stating “Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster.” Hudson, who also starred in the film, wasn’t so keen on the idea. He claimed that it wouldn’t be popular with fans. When asked about the cast on Twitter, he replied “No comment”.

The highly anticipated reboot is getting a July 22, 2016 release date. Shooting is set to start in New York this summer.