Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, apparently. The Hollywood Reporter says those are the four stars director Paul Feig has picked to lead his all-female Ghostbusters reboot, and Feig seems to have confirmed it with a tweet.
Which makes the O.G. Ghostbuster, Bill Murray, kind of psychic: When asked who he’d like to see fill his shoes, he picked McCarthy and Wiig, plus Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini. Two for four ain’t bad!
If the names of the two women who did get the roles aren’t familiar to you, you probably aren't a Saturday Night Live fan. McKinnon has consistently been one of the funniest members of the cast since she joined in 2012, while Jones is a recent addition who also appears in Chris Rock’s Top Five.
Ghostbusters will mark McCarthy’s fourth time teaming with Feig, after her Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the upcoming 007 spoof Spy. It will be Wiig’s second time.
If you’re disappointed with how the cast shook out, it’s probably because there were infinity other combinations of funny women that could have been cast: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson (and everyone else we dream cast). But if too many comediennes to choose from is our biggest problem, we’re not too bad off.
Now, can we get the other funniest lady on SNL, Aidy Bryant, a supporting role?