After the announcement of the all-female Ghostbuster team, a couple of the original cast expressed their thoughts on Paul Feig’s choices.
Here’s what Dan Aykroyd,(who played Raymond Stantz) had to say about the new team: (via THR)
“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. 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.”
While Aykroyd’s thoughts read as an approval, actor Ernie Hudson (who played Winston Zeddmore) kept it sort and simple, and seemed like maybe he wasn’t all for it.
Hudson took to Facebook and posted “No comment,” above the a shared post of the announced cast.
Many (and I mean MANY) fans of the original didn’t seem to take the news too well as most were upset by the news.
Aside from thoughts, Hitfix reported which roles the actresses will play along with a rumor that Sony wants Bill Murray (who played Peter Venkman) to have a role in the film. Here’s the key notes from the report, which has since been updated and partially removed, apparently due to orders of Sony:
Kristen Wiig will be playing Erin Garber, an author specializing in the paranormal who works at Columbia University.
Leslie Jones will be playing Abby Bergman, an author who worked with Garber on the paranormal book. The two had a falling out and Abby is now a ghost hunter. The story will be focused on the tension between the two characters, as their investigation techniques are different. (Erin does academic investigation; Abby does entertainment investigation.)
Kate McKinnon will be playing Jillian, Abby’s new partner.
Melissa McCarthey will be playing Patty, a random NYC subway employee who encounters a big supernatural threat.
Bill Murray is being wanted by Sony to play the role of Martin Heiss, a man trying to ruin the reputation of the Ghostbusters and will stand as an obstacle for the women.
Murray has mentioned before that he would not have anything to do with a Ghostbusters 3 but has given his approval on an all-female Ghostbuster team.
The HitFix report also mentioned that Games of Throne‘s Peter Dinklage is being eyed for the role of the main villain.
Ghostbusters is set for theaters July 16, 2016.