The third part of the Ghostbusters trilogy is getting an update in the casting department with the addition of original films’ alumni Annie Potts (Toy Story 4) who is set to reprise her role as Janine Melnitz. Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame) is also in talks to join the cast according to Variety.
In addition, it’s been revealed that the plot will centre on a family; Carrie Coon (Avengers: Infinity War) to play the mom while Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Mckenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home) as her children, and Rudd is believed to have the role of an as-yet-unnamed teacher; as of now all actors are currently still in the negotiation phase of their agreements.
Director Jason Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film later this summer. Reitman said of approaching Rudd to work on the film:
“I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.”
Ghostbusters 2020 (as the project is now believed to be called) should be in theatres around time for the Summer blockbuster season next year.
Rudd seems like an obvious casting choice in hindsight; he’s got the comedic chops and the whole “hey, this is weird, I’ll roll with it” vibe that he’s built up in the MCU which will definitely play with this kind of movie.
Also focusing the actual story away from the, shall we say, gracefully aged original cast is a good move; I can’t wait to see everyone on screen again, but importantly I really want to know what happened over the last few decades. Handled with love, this will be the film that Ghostbusters fans have been waiting for but if it stumbles, yikes.
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