Game of Thrones and X-Men: Days of Future Past star Peter Dinklage is being eyed up for the baddie role in the female-led Ghostbusters reboot, according to a leaked email obtained during the recent hack of Sony Pictures’ computer systems.
In the leaked email sent by the reboot’s director Paul Feig to Sony Pictures’ chairman Amy Pascal, Feig explains that his reboot will be “scarier and more hi-tech” than the original Ghostbusters movie, before revealing that Dinklage is his “ideal” choice to play the film’s villain, a convicted murder who becomes a ghost after his execution is hit by a “supercharged electrical storm”.
The spooky baddie will apparently have the ability to assemble an army of other ghosts which could feature iconic villains from all of history. It will then fall on “four very different women” to “figure out in funny, scary and action-packed ways how to save New York City and the world”.
Bridesmaids director Feig announced in October that he is working on a new Ghostbusters movie starring “hilarious women”. Since then, actresses including Melissa McCarthy, Anna Faris and Emma Stone have been linked to the project, and Rebel Wilson has confirmed she is in the running for a role.
Ghostbusters first hit cinemas in 1984 and followed three paranormal investigators played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, who died earlier this 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.