5 Things You Didn’t Know About The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

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After more than three decades since the original Ghostbusters first hit the theaters in 1984, the team of parapsychologists are finally coming back! Though things are a little different this time around. If you haven’t heard yet, the reboot features an all female team starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. Here are a few other things you may not know about the new Ghostbusters which comes to theaters in 2016!

1. There are cameos aplenty 

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Dan Aykroyd played Ray Stantz in the original Ghostbuster films and was confirmed to make a cameo in the reboot in July 2015. It’s worth mentioning that Aykroyd and the other actors set to make cameos will not be appearing as their old characters but in new smaller roles. Perhaps they’ll show up as ghosts or some other paranormal entities?

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Ernie Hudson played Winston Zeddemore in the original film and was confirmed to make a cameo in September 2015. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing Harold Ramis make a return as Egon Spengler because he passed away in 2014. Excuse me while I go eat a Twinkie in his honor.

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What would a Ghostbusters film be without Billy Murray? Although he may not be playing Peter Venkman as he did in the originals, Murray was confirmed in August 2015 to indeed be a part of the new reboot in some shape or form. Hopefully Slimer makes an appearance too!

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Sigourney Weaver played a cellist named Dana Barrett whose haunted apartment became the central plot of the first Ghostbusters. Weaver was confirmed to make a cameo in September 2015. She also originally expressed interest to director Paul Feig in playing the role of Slimer but he declined.

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While the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne was not a part of the original Ghostbusters films, he was confirmed to make a cameo in the reboot in August 2015. Who knows what kind of role he’ll play?

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Annie Potts played Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbuster’s secretary in the original films and was also confirmed to make a cameo in September 2015. However, it’s unlikely she’ll be resuming her administrative duties as they already have another secretary lined up for the Ghostbusters.

2. Chris Hemsworth plays Kevin, the new Ghostbusters receptionist

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Where as the original Ghostbusters team consisted of four men and a female secretary, the reboot has swapped all the genders and will feature a team of four women and a male receptionist. Chris Hemsworth was cast as Kevin the receptionist on June 8th, 2015 and was spotted shooting scenes of the reboot wearing glasses and riding a motorcycle.

3. Director Paul Feig was inspired by The Walking Dead

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Paul Feig, who also directed Bridesmaids starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, said he was very inspired by the danger and scariness of The Walking Dead. According to RTÉ,  he said “And that’s something, an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead.”

4. The original theme song might make a comeback

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The iconic song by Ray Parker, Jr. has been considered by director Paul Feig to be a part of the new reboot. According to E!, Feig said “It’s such an iconic thing that part of you goes, ‘I don’t want to change it,’ but then another part of you wants to update it… It’s one of the biggest questions we’re faced with.” Hopefully they find some way to incorporate it because it’s just too darn catchy! 

5. Emma Stone passed on the being in Ghostbusters

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Despite interest from the studio and being suggested by Billy Murray, whom she worked with in the Zombieland, Emma Stone ultimately decided against being a part of the franchise. According to the Wall Street Journal, she said “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.” 

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