The Ghostbusters reboot may have found its four leading actresses, according to a report from Variety. While the biggest name topping the list – Melissa McCarthy – was revealed earlier this month to be a frontrunner, the Tammy star is now joined by a trio of new names: Kristen Wiig (who was mentioned on Bill Murray’s wishlist), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Sisters) and Leslie Jones (SNL, Top Five). This latest batch are thought to be joining McCarthy in early negotiations, in order to bring this modern day re-telling of the Ghostbusters story to the big screen.
Since Paul Feig was announced as director and writer, along with The Heat scribe Katie Dippold, a host of A-list actresses have been linked to the reboot. Aside from his The Heat leading lady McCarthy, other names mentioned have included Jennifer Lawrence, Rebel Wilson, Jillian Bell, Cecily Strong and Emma Stone. However, bearing in mind today’s report and Feig’s own post to Twitter, it’s safe to say that the filmmaker has found his quartet of spook hunters:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Wiig has previously worked with both McCarthy and Feig on the 2011 gross-out comedy, Bridesmaids, and shared an SNL stage with McCarthy, Jones and McKinnon. Having such a rich comedic background spread amongst these potential proton pack-wearin’ women, the movie is shaping up to be a promising reboot.
As exciting as it is to learn the project may be one step closer to production, there are important details to be ironed out. Specifically, all the actresses in contention will have to shuffle around their current work schedules in order to fit in the Ghostbusters shoot. The exact date signalling the start of principal photography has yet to be made public, but we do know a handful of key points.
First off, it’s been dubbed an origin story that’s expected to be scarier and more high tech than the original. At its core it will concern four new recruits (described by Feig as “very different women”) who operate in cahoots with the US government as the public are unaware that ghosts exist. Finally, it’s slated to take place in the same location as the first two outings: New York.
All in all, it’s an exciting outline for the future of the Ghostbusters and we can’t wait to hear more.