In case you haven’t heard the news, Bridesmaids/Spy director Paul Feig is hard at work on rebooting beloved franchise Ghostbusters, and the biggest difference between the original film and his remake is that his will feature an all-female cast of main characters. Because chicks can bust ghosts too.
Feig made the announcement over on Twitter this evening that he’s just cast Chris Hemsworth in the reboot, the Cabin in the Woods star tasked with playing the new crew’s hunky male receptionist. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Who’s gonna answer that call? Thor!
According to Variety, Hemsworth was approached with the role several months back but he turned it down, feeling that the part just wasn’t substantial enough. It appears the script was rewritten to make the receptionist a much more prominent character.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have been cast as the female Ghostbusters, and the film is set to hit theaters on July 22nd of next year. Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong is also on board, in what is being described as a ‘key supporting role.’
Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman will produce, while Feig is directing from a script he wrote with Katie Dippold.
If you’re not yet sold on Paul Feig being the guy to breathe new life into Ghostbusters, I encourage you to head out to your local theater at your earliest convenience and plunk down the money to see Spy. It’s without question the funniest movie of the year, and proof positive that Feig’s hands are good ones to be in.