Rumors have been haunting movie fans for a while now, but it was just confirmed that Sony Pictures has cast a new foursome for an all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters films — and it’s full of comedy heavy hitters.
The movie is set to star Melissa McCarthy (who had been rumored to be in the movie for a little while now) along with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig. This makes since, as the film is also being directed by Paul Feig, who helmed Bridesmaids. Wiig, who came to fame on Saturday Night Live, is being joined by current SNL cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
That said, don’t get too excited about this new Ghostbusters cast until the ladies start taking about the movie as well. According to Deadline, “We’re hearing the studio is still in negotiations but Feig apparently is confident enough about locking his cast that will fill the iconic roles played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson: The news came via a Feig tweet.” You can check out the actual tweet below.
Hollywood Reporter noted that the reboot has gone through a lengthy development process:
Original director Ivan Reitman was on board to return, but while original castmembers Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson had agreed to reprise their characters, Bill Murray proved elusive. Reitman then bowed out of the project when Ramis passed away last year. Following Reitman’s departure, Feig was approached to direct and reconceived the project as a reboot starring an all-female cast.
The script is being penned by Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig and McCarthy on The Heat. It’s hoped that the film will shoot at some point this year, provided the actors’ schedules line up.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015