Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter (and a tweet from director Paul Feig), the cast for the all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise has been unveiled. It’s a predictable but delightful band: Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, and Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Almost as soon as the project was announced, many people (including Bill Murray) assumed Wiig and McCarthy were shoo-ins for the lead roles. Just a few weeks ago, reports circulated that the entire production schedule of the film, which is expected to shoot this summer, revolved around accomodating McCarthy’s packed schedule (which includes another Paul Feig-directed comedy, Spy, set to come out May 22). The addition of McKinnon and Jones is the real news here, as their donning of the proton packs ends speculation around many, many (many) other female stars, including Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone.
McKinnon and Jones have been standout players on SNL, and the Wiig/McCarthy chemistry was one of the most memorable elements in Feig’s Bridemaids, so this should be fun.