Original ‘Ghostbusters’ star Dan Aykroyd brands all-female cast ‘magnificent’

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will lead the 'Ghostbusters' reboot

Dan Aykroyd has voiced his approval for the new Ghostbusters cast, branding the reboot’s quartet of female leads “magnificent”.

Director Paul Feig confirmed on Tuesday (January 27) that his female-led reboot will star Bridesmaids actresses Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy alongside Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Responding to the casting, Aykroyd – who co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters films as well as starring in them – told The Hollywood Reporter: “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

Meanwhile, Feig also announced earlier this week that his reboot will be released on July 22, 2016. The director confirmed in October that he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie starring “hilarious women”. McCarthy, Anna Faris and Emma Stone were later linked to the project, and Rebel Wilson has revealed that she was in the running for a role. It has also been reported that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is being courted to play the film’s villain.

Ghostbusters first hit cinemas in 1984 and followed three paranormal investigators played by Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, who died last year. The original cast returned to take on the resurgence of spectral activity in New York for a sequel released in 1989. Since then, Murray has been famously non-committal about returning to the role of Peter Venkman, and a mooted third film was stuck in development hell for well over a decade before Feig signed up for the planned female-led reboot.