Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy to star in ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot

'Saturday Night Live' stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will also appear

Director Paul Feig has apparently confirmed the stars of his female-led Ghostbusters reboot.

After The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were in negotiations to lead the film’s cast, Feig shared a picture of the quartet on Twitter.

In a subsequent tweet, Feig announced that the film will be released on July 22, 2016.

Feig previously worked with Wiig and McCarthy on hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. Jones and McKinnon are best known as cast members on iconic US sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Feig announced in October 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 has revealed 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 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.