Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are “expected to sign on” as the four spirit hunters in Paul Feig’s anticipated comedy, THR now reports. Katie Dippold is writing the script for the new movie. We have no idea when the film is expected to be in theaters, though, as Ghostbusters has been mired in uncertainty for years now. Finally however, it seems to me driving in the right direction, with a new “captain” and an exciting new cast.
Let’s break down the choices.
McCarthy is Paul Feig’s go-to warrior, having popped up in Bridesmaids and the buddy-cop comedy The Heat. It was basically understood that Feig would be bringing his comedic muse along for the ride, tough how her personality will fit in with the team has yet to be determined. It’s unclear whether Feig wants to mirror the types of the original Ghostbusters. Looking at this foursome, I think all of them could be the “Bill Murray.” So if Feig and Dippold really want this reboot to stand on its own two proton packs, I’m thinking they need to let these ladies be themselves.
Wiig was already on her way to becoming a huge star before Feig catapulted her into the stratosphere with Bridesmaids. Even without that massive comedy, Wiig was breaking away from the “role player” status on Saturday Night Live, and seemed destined for a big-screen career. Interestingly enough, Wiig has chose to lend her talents to smaller, character-driven pieces like The Skeleton Twins and Hateship Loveship. Ghostbusters will be her first attempt at carrying a franchise, and I can’t wait to see how she adjusts to the expectations.
After drafting two women he was familiar with, Paul Feig dipped into Saturday Night Live’s current well of comedic talent and pulled out two gems. Leslie Jones is aggressively funny. She’s tall, dominant, and she uses her intimidating approach as a physical comedy weapon. But don’t mistake her for a pratfalling Chris Farley type, because her observational wit is razor sharp, giving Feig access to so many tools. Rent Chris Rock’s recent Top Five and watch Jones steal scenes away from some ridiculously funny comedians. We may look at the next Ghostbusters as the moment when Leslie Jones officially took off, big time.
Finally, Kate McKinnon could be the most talented comedian in this bunch. We just haven’t seen enough of her abilities during her short time on Saturday Night Live. Much like Wiig, she can be a chameleon, disappearing into a bizarre comedic character like German chancellor Angela Merkel or, of course, pop sensation Justin Bieber. Her versatility hasn’t yet been applied to the right big screen persona, though I can’t wait to see what she brings to the Ghostbusters table. All we know for sure is, it’s going to be hysterically funny.