Director Paul Feig reveals names of new ‘Ghostbusters’ characters

Feig started shooting the female-led reboot starring Melissa McCarthy in Boston last month

Director Paul Feig has revealed the names of the new all-female Ghostbusters crew.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Feig said 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. Earlier this month (July) Feig shared the first picture of the new Ghostbusters crew in costume – see below.

Feig also revealed recently 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, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams, Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong and Veep‘s Mike McLintock have also signed up for supporting roles, with original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd set to make a cameo. 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.”

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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.