Bill Murray on why he’s returned to ‘Ghostbusters’: ‘Those girls are tough to say no to’

Peter Venkman actor explains why he agreed to appear in next year's female-led reboot

Bill Murray has explained why he agreed to appear in next year’s female-led Ghostbusters reboot.

The actor, who was famously reluctant to sign up for a mooted third Ghostbusters movie all through the ’90s, has recently shot a cameo in the forthcoming film from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. However, it is currently unknown whether he will be reprising his original role as Peter Venkman or portraying a different character entirely.

Sharing his thoughts on the new Ghostbusters crew played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, Murray told Vulture: “I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

However, he also admitted that he didn’t take the decision to return to Ghostbusters lightly, adding: “I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really… It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [from me].”

Murray joins fellow original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd, who has shot a cameo for the film too. 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.

Meanwhile, the film’s director Paul Feig has recently announced the names of the new ghost-catching crew. Responding to a fan on Twitter, the director revealed that Kristen Wiig’s character is called Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy’s is named Abby Yates, Leslie Jones will play Patty Tolan and Kate McKinnon will portray Jillian Holtzmann. Last month, Feig shared the first picture of the cast in costume – check it out below.

Feig has also revealed that McCarthy’s character, Abby Yates, will be the crew’s loose “leader” but insisted that the film will be an “ensemble piece”. Chris Hemsworth will play the Ghostbusters’ 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. The new Ghostbusters movie is set for release on July 22, 2016.