Kristen Wiig has spoken out about the negative attention the forthcoming Ghostbusters movie has received, due to its female-led cast.
Wiig and Melissa McCarthy – who both found fame in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids – will come together to lead the stereotype shattering cast in the Ghostbusters remake.
The film’s director Paul Feig first announced the news that he was re-imagining the 1984 classic on Twitter when he said:
“It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @KatieDippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call”
Feig later confessed that he had received many messages from fans saying things like, “Thanks for ruining my childhood.”
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” Wiig told the LA Times.
Asked if she had ever made a movie that had so much attention and controversy attached to it, she replied:
“No. And the fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me. Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out.”
Despite disappointingly sexist fan reactions, the movie has been heavily praised for defying classic Hollywood stereotypes. As well as being led by women, three of the four main actors are aged over 40. Female and over 40?! Whatever next…
Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will also star in the reamke. While both are fairly unknown outside America, both are regular comedians and sketch actors on Saturday Night Live.
Ghostbusters is due to be released on July 15, 2016.