‘Ghostbusters’ reboot: ‘Bridesmaids’ actress Melissa McCarthy ‘in talks’ to star

'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig is making a new 'Ghostbusters' movie starring 'hilarious women'

Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is reportedly being lined up to front the female-led Ghostbusters reboot.

Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig announced in October that he is directing and co-writing a new Ghostbusters movie starring “hilarious women”. Last month (December) Rebel Wilson revealed she has had a meeting with Feig about the film and actresses including McCarthy, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Faris have also been linked to roles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy is now “in early talks” to star in the reboot. However, McCarthy’s involvement is said to be is dependent on “certain creative meetings” with Feig and the actress’s busy schedule. In addition to her film work, McCarthy has starred in hit US sitcom Mike & Molly since 2010.

The Hollywood Reporter also claims that although Lawrence and Wilson are on the “interest list” for the Ghostbusters reboot, it is Wilson who is seen as the film’s “lynchpin”. Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong and 22 Jump Street actress Jillian Bell are also said to be meeting with Feig about potential roles in the reboot.

Ghostbusters first hit cinemas in 1984 and followed three paranormal investigators played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd 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.