There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which, as you probably know by now, will be directed by Paul Feig and star a quartet of hilarious women—Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Production is still a ways off, as it won’t start rolling until sometime this summer, but the four stars did have the opportunity to hang out at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special this weekend, and now we’ve got our first look at the new ghost-busting team.
Jones originally tweeted this candid pic, which has since made the rounds all from one end of the internet to the other. Feig was apparently also in attendance for the celebration, though he, obviously, does not appear in this photo (perhaps he’s the one behind the camera and this is the first time he directed all four women together—probably not).
I haven’t watched the SNL special yet, but I heard there’s a new Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch, (apparently including McKinnon as Justin Bieber), which is a pretty tempting proposition, I have to say, even if I haven’t been a regular watcher of the show in some years. All four actresses appeared on the festivities in some capacity—Wiig is an alumnus, both Jones and McKinnon are current cast members, and while McCarthy hasn’t been a regular, she has hosted in the past.
At this point, all of the surviving members of the Ghostbusters have thrown their support behind this reboot. Bill Murray has been into it since day one (I still suspect at least part of the reason he is so on board is so people will stop talking to him about appearing in Ghostbusters 3), and both Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who seemed like he was going to be the one with the biggest issue, have come out publicly praising the casting choices.
We don’t know a ton about the plot of the script, which Feig is working on with Katie Dippold, but the four primary characters will be Erin Gabler, a Columbia University academic; Abby Bergman, a pop ghost hunter; Jillian, Abby’s partner; and Patty, an MTA employee who reportedly first encounters the main ghost. We don’t know who is playing what character just yet, but rumors have indicated that McCarthy will likely be Patty.
There are also reports that Murray is being sought to play a character named Martin Heiss, a professional paranormal debunker who makes it his mission to out the Ghostbusters as fakes. This role sounds similar to William Atherton’s Walter Peck from the original. We’ll have to wait and see if this happens (seems unlikely), but Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is also reportedly being courted for the main villain role, a “creepy mechanical genius.”
Cameras will role later this year, and Ghostbusters is already scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.