‘Ghostbusters’ star shares first picture of new all-female cast together

McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon and Jones pose for a photo at a 'Saturday Night Live' party

New Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has shared the first picture of the franchise’s quartet of female leads assembled together.

Jones posed with her new Ghostbusters co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon at the star-studded New York afterparty that followed Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary episode this weekend, then posted the snap on Instagram.

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Director Paul Feig confirmed last month (January) that his female-led Ghostbusters reboot will star Bridesmaids actresses Wiig and McCarthy alongside Saturday Night Live cast members Jones and McKinnon. Dan Aykroyd – who co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters films as well as starring in them – subsequently branded the new cast “magnificent”.

Feig also announced that his reboot will be released on July 22, 2016. The director revealed in October 2014 that he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie starring “hilarious women”. McCarthy, Anna Faris and Emma Stone were later linked to the project, and Rebel Wilson revealed in December that she was in the running for a role. It has also been reported that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is being courted to play the film’s villain.

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.