Arts & Entertainment

The new cast of ‘Ghostbusters

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~

“Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director Paul Feig has found his cast for the remake of the classic film “Ghostbusters,” but with a twist: an all-female cast.

On Jan. 27, he posted a photo of the four comediennes – Kristen Wiig, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – on his Twitter account, followed by a tweet that read, “In other news, Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date.” According to Christian Today, the news about the movie’s reboot first broke in October 2014 when the “Bridesmaids” director agreed to lead the film as original director Ivan Reitman bowed out.

The original “Ghostbusters” film starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Murray approved of the new cast and felt that having female stars in the film was a good move. He suggested that McCarthy and Wiig, who both worked alongside Feig on the 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids,” star in the film. They have also starred on “Saturday Night Live,” where Jones and McKinnon are currently repertory players.

From left to right: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are slated for the all-female cast.

From left to right: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are slated for the all-female cast.

Feig’s all-female cast has been greeted with both enthusiasm and criticism. Aykroyd spoke positively about the remake of the film and stated, “My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business. These are the most magnificent women in comedy.”

As for critics of the reboot, Donald Trump was left “upset” and “confused.” He released an Instagram video and revealed that the reboot is “a violation of the integrity of the original iterations of ‘Ghostbusters’ and other iconic films and roles from pop culture, including a rumored ‘Indiana Jones’ revamp.”

According to The Inquisitr, Trump went even further to express his displeasure through the statement: “They’re remaking ‘Indiana Jones’ without Harrison Ford, you can’t do that. And now they’re making ‘Ghostbusters’ with only women. What’s going on?”

The revamp has moved individuals on both sides of the argument to speak up.

Out of the four women, only McCarthy has signed on for the “Ghostbusters” reboot. Director Feig is confident, though, that the other women will get on board for the new film.