Aykroyd has filmed a cameo for the reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig
Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote and starred in the original two Ghostbusters movies, has given a weighty endorsement to next year’s female-led reboot from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
Bridesmaids actresses Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig star in the new Ghostbusters movie, set for release next July, alongside Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Aykroyd has filmed a cameo for the reboot, as have fellow original stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. “None of us lobbied to be in the third movie,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “We all felt that this Paul Feig concept was so strong that we didn’t have to be in it. But he called me. And of course, I said, ‘I want to help in any way I can.'”
Aykroyd went on to praise Feig and the new movie, saying: “He has a great touch directing female actors and he really knows how to hit the female psyche and sensibility. In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more – CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it. I’m really happy with what I’m seeing.”
Though many fans have reacted positively to Ghostbusters being re-imagined with an all-female crew, some online commentators responded angrily when the new cast was announced. Wiig recently admitted she was “bummed out” by this and promised that the new crew are “really honouring those [original] movies”.