Following the shocking news that a new Ghostbusters movie is moving forward at Sony with Jason Reitman directing and co-writing, it's now been revealed that Mckenna Grace will play a starring role in the film.
The news of Mckenna's casting comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who reveals that she will play what looks to be the lead role, a character who is the sister of a character played by Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, 2017's IT) and the daughter of a single mother played by Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo). Jason Reitman also confirmed the news on Twitter (see below) with the caption, "Meet the family."
Written by Reitman and Gil Kenan (2015's Poltergeist, Monster House), the new Ghostbusters movie "centers on four teens, one set older, one set younger, with a focus on one family in particular," according to THR.
In addition to her roles as a young Tonya in I, Tonya and a young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, Mckenna Grace has been keeping busy in the horror genre as of late, playing Emma in 2018's The Bad Seed, young Theo in The Haunting of Hill House, young Sabrina Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Judy Warren in the upcoming Annabelle Comes Home.
Son of Ghostbusters (and Ghostbusters 2) director Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman previously told EW that the new movie will take place in the same universe as the 1984 classic:
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but with Dan Aykroyd continuing to beat the drum for all things Ghostbusters, we imagine at least some of the original cast will be returning as their original characters.
Variety previously reported that filming will begin this summer, with plans to release the new movie in the summer of 2020, so expect to hear much more about casting and the plot over the next few months. We'll continue to update Daily Dead readers as more details become available, and in case you missed it, watch the teaser video below.
— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) March 29, 2019