We already knew it was going to be an all-female affair, but today we got the official casting news on the new Ghostbusters film, courtesy of director Paul Feig.
He posted a photo on Twitter featuring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Of course, Wiig and McCarthy both starred in Feig’s 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids, so there’s no great surprise in seeing them reunited for the reboot.
Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are a little more unexpected, given their lack of acting experience.
But then the original Ghostbusters did feature two of SNL’s early favourites in Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd, so perhaps it’s a nod to the history of the franchise.
Needless to say, the cast revelation sparked debate on Twitter…
‘I’m all for equal rights, but…’
I'm all for equal rights but really Sony? #Ghostbusters
— Cory Patterson (@p_guy7) January 28, 2015
I'm all for equal rights but remaking Ghostbusters with an all-female cast is ridiculous. The original is all we need
— Danielle Walker (@dani_walker18) January 28, 2015
"Why are they remaking Ghostbusters with 4 men?! I'm all for equal rights, but damn!" #ghostbusters
— Chris Sutcliffe (@NotQuiteCool) January 27, 2015
Why are they remaking Ghostbusters with 4 women? I'm all for equal rights but come on!
— Wozza (@Wozza5882) January 27, 2015
Others were more enthusiastic…
Ghostbusters with a female cast can't do anything to your childhood that Michael Bay didn't do six hundred times worse.
— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) January 28, 2015
If you didn’t complain about all-guy Ghostbusters, you don’t get to complain about all-girl Ghostbusters. Male is not default.
— Luke McKinney (@lukemckinney) January 28, 2015
the all girls ghostbusters cast makes complete sense when you consider that there aren't 3 funny white men in hollywood to fill out the cast
— Chai Goth 2015 (@Abid_ism) January 28, 2015
While others were just fed up with another Hollywood remake:
I hope the reboot of Ghostbusters doesn't sell a single ticket. Stop remaking classic films!
— Brian Heffron (@BlueMeanieBWO) January 28, 2015
Ghostbusters is due in cinemas on July 22, 2016.
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