Post Avatar, Sigourney Weaver to star in Ghostbusters reboot

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2015 13:53 IST
Sigourney Weaver will star in the next three Avatar films, and recently appeared in Chappie and Exodus: Gods and Kings (Facebook photo)

Actress Sigourney Weaver will star in the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters. She joins Bill Murray and Dan Akyroyd, who also starred in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), as returnees to the franchise, which Sony is rebooting with a female bent.

“Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I’ll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!” tweeted director Paul Feig. It is unclear if the 65-year-old actress will be reprising her role of Dana Barrett, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Feig’s film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. It hits theatres on July 22, 2016. Original cast member Ernie Hudson also shot a cameo.

The film recently wrapped production in Boston. Weaver, who will star in the next three Avatar films, most recently appeared in Chappie and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Check out this tweet from Feig.

Earlier, actor Bill Murray had agreed to a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot. The 64-year-old actor, who played Dr Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), had long been resistant to star in a third Ghostbusters. He told David Letterman earlier this year that his hesitancy stems from Ghostbusters II not having been as well-received as the first one.

Read: Ghostbusters: Casting, costumes, proton packs and the Ecto-1 revealed

It was reported that Feig, in a role reversal of sorts, decided to cast Hollywood hunk Hemsworth as the receptionist in his female version. In the picture that was released, Hemsworth was dressed as a receptionist, wearing the Ghostbusters uniform while riding a motorcycle with a proton pack and a carriage attached on the back side of the bike. The Australian actor has black glasses and a smile on his face while riding the bike on the Boston set of the movie.

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