Aykroyd calls the new female Ghostbusters crew 'adorable, hilarious and badass'
Dan Aykroyd is to appear in the new female-led Ghostbusters movie from Bridesmaids/Spy director Paul Feig.
Aykroyd, who starred in the original two Ghostbusters films as well as co-writing them with the late Harold Ramis, shared the news on Twitter last night (July 14) before quickly deleting his tweet. The 63-year-old actor wrote on Twitter: “On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristin Wiig. Lady GBs are adorable, hilarious and badass. Exhilarating! #ghostbusters.”
Although Aykroyd deleted his tweet, a representative for the actor has since confirmed that he will be making an appearance in the film to Entertainment Weekly.
Director Paul Feig announced in January that the new all-female Ghostbusters crew will be played by Melissa McCarthy, her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig, and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Feig has since revealed that McCarthy’s character will be the crew’s loose “leader” but insisted that the film will be an “ensemble piece”. Further plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.
Meanwhile, Feig recently announced that Chris Hemsworth has joined the film’s cast and will play the Ghostbusters’ receptionist, loosely stepping into the shoes of Annie Potts, who played secretary Janine Melnitz in the original two Ghostbusters movies. Andy Garcia, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams, Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong and Veep‘s Mike McLintock have since joined the cast in supporting roles. Feig started shooting the female-led Ghostbusters movie last month (June) in Boston and Sony has set a release date of July 22, 2016.
Since the film was officially announced, Sony has revealed that a male-led Ghostbusters movie is also being developed. “That has nothing to do with us. That was a real surprise when that announcement came out,” Feig said recently. “We’re just doing our thing and I can’t let that affect me. I don’t know how real it is.”
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 to shoot the female-led reboot.