The latest cast member for the new Ghostbusters film has been revealed, as Paul Rudd has answered the call and joined the anticipated movie from director Jason Reitman.
In a new video (see below) shared on the official Ghostbusters Twitter page, with his trademark brand of quirky humor, Paul Rudd announced that he has joined the cast of the new Ghostbusters, fittingly revealing the news in front of the Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8 building in New York City.
According to Variety, which refers to the new Ghostbusters movie as Ghostbusters 2020, Rudd will play a teacher in the film, joining a cast that is also expected to include Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard as a single mother and her children, respectively.
Here's what Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman (who will produce the new movie), had to say about Rudd's casting (via Variety):
“I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ at Sundance. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.”
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.
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, and in an interview with Parade, Sigourney Weaver reportedly confirmed that she will reprise her role as Dana Barrett in the new film.
Variety previously reported that filming is expected to start this summer, with Sony planning to release the new movie on July 10th, 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 previously released teaser video below.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) June 27, 2019