Kristen Wiig ‘bummed out’ by ‘Ghostbusters’ backlash

Some fans irked by all female-led cast

Kristen Wiig has bemoaned the backlash that she and the cast and crew of the forthcoming Ghostbusters movie have received.

The decision to reimagine the series with an all female-led cast – which features Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Holtzmann – has irked some fans of the series, but the Bridesmaids star has said that the stir has not shocked her.

“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

“Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”

The movie is set for release on July 22 2016. Director Paul Feig has revealed that McCarthy’s character, Abby Yates, will be the crew’s loose “leader” but also insisted that the film will be an “ensemble piece”. Chris Hemsworth will play the receptionist, while Saturday Night Live cast member Neil Casey has been cast as the main villain.

Andy Garcia, The Wire‘s Michael K Williams, Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong and Veep‘s Mike McLintock have also signed up for supporting roles. Original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will appear in cameo roles. It has also been rumoured that Ozzy Osbourne might be making a guest appearance in the film in a scene set at a heavy metal concert.