Ozzy Osbourne reportedly to appear in new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

Prince of Darkness believed to have performed during the filming of a heavy metal concert scene

Could cinema-goers soon be getting a glimpse of Ozzy Osbourne on the big screen? If multiple reports are to be believed, the Prince of Darkness is to appear as himself in the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

The Boston Herald claims that Ozzy performed during the filming of a heavy metal concert scene director shot at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre last week and that film crew members outside the venue were heard mentioned the Black Sabbath frontman by name. There were also allegedly posters put up around the venue – which was renamed Stonebrook Theatre for the shoot – advertising the ‘Rock Revenge Fest Featuring Ozzy Osbourne’ that promised a ’12-hour marathon of metal’.

Meanwhile, Billboard reports that the filmmakers released a casting call seeking extras to ‘play the audience at a heavy metal concert’ between July 28 and 30. Osbourne has played himself in a movie before, appearing in the Adam Sandler vehicle Little Nicky in 2000.

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig recently announced the names of the new ghost-catching crew. Responding to a fan on Twitter, the filmmaker revealed 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. Last month, Feig shared the first picture of the cast in costume.

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,
The Wire‘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. 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 last month. “We’re just doing our thing and I can’t let that affect me. I don’t know how real it is.”

Ghostbusters first hit cinemas in 1984 and followed a squad of paranormal investigators played by Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson 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 reboot.