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The new Ghostbusters reboot is ramping up for production. With director Paul Feig gender bending the roles and trading the original four male supernatural protectors for four all-female leads, another role has been cast. This time Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, will fill the role of the Ghostbusters’ receptionist originally portrayed by actress Annie Potts in the first two Ghostbusters films.

Annie Potts as receptionist Janine Melnitz

Annie Potts as receptionist Janine Melnitz

Hemsworth is a popular leading man in Hollywood, who came to the attention of producers when he played George Kirk in J.J. AbramsStar Trek in 2009. He went on to be cast as the Thunder God Thor for Thor, Thor: The Dark World and the recently announced Thor: Ragnorak. He reprised his role as the hammer wielding Norse god in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Other films for which he is known for are: Blackhat, Snow White and the Huntsman and its’ sequel The Huntsman, which is currently filming. 

Chris Hemsworth

With open criticism being launched at Feig for changing the gender of the team, casting Hemsworth might add perspective and keep the fun in funny. Feig strongly points out that the first two films, which utilize male team members of Ghostbusters, still exist. 

Ghostbusters is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release. The film will star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong and Chris Hemsworth. Paul Feig and Katie Dippold wrote the screenplay based on characters created by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Paul Feig directs. 

Sources: thehollywoodreporter, IMDb