Bill Murray Is Going to Be in the All-Female 'Ghostbusters'! But Who Will He Play?

by John Boone 12:41 PM PDT, August 10, 2015
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Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

That was our reaction when we learned that another member of the original Ghostbusters cast would be making a cameo in director Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.

In July, Dan Aykroyd, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the first two films, confirmed by way of a quickly deleted tweet that he had shot a scene with the “adorable, hilarious and badass” new squad. But what would Stanz be without his Venkman?

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That’s right, Bill Murray is back, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Murray has long been lukewarm on revisiting the Ghostbusters franchise. Amid rumors of the original cast returning for their own sequel years ago, he told David Letterman it was “just crazy talk.” “This is my nightmare,” he joked. “I told them if they killed me off in the first reel, I’d do it. So now they’ve figured out a way to kill me off.”

More recently, when asked about Feig’s all-female reboot, he said, “I would watch it!” Murray went on to suggest Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone for the cast, which is two for four! McCarthy and Wiig will instead be joined by Saturday Night Live standouts Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

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Now the question is: Who will Murray play? Because it won’t be Dr. Venkman.

At least not if Feig’s comments in the past are to be believed. “A lot of people are mad because it’s a reboot,” Feig admitted on Empire Podcast. “I thought, ‘Why don’t we go into this and reinvent it so we can go into a world that doesn’t have ghosts?’...I love origin stories. I want to see them come up with the tech. I want to see them seeing a ghost for the first time, as opposed to ‘Oh yeah, all those years ago there was a ghost attack on New York.”

He also confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that should any of the original players want to return it would “be in different roles.” “I mean, look, those are my comedy heroes. So as far as I’m concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms,” he explained. “It would be fun to figure out how to do that.”

OK, cool, but now what about Rick Moranis?

Plus, check out the new Ghostbusters cast visiting a children's’ hospital: