It has been a long road getting the Ghostbusters franchise back onto the big-screen. The last time being in 1989 with Ghostbusters 2, which was a financial hit, but a critical failure that led to twenty-five years of development apathy. Finally, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) pitched a rebooted version of the movie, featuring an all-female cast in the leads and the wheels began to turn.
Feig cast an eclectic cast including Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Martian), Kate McKinnon (SNL), and Leslie Jones (SNL), as the new team tasked with ridding NYC of its pesky ghost infestation. There hasn't been much solid information on the plot or the characters in the upcoming movie until now. Collider has compiled character descriptions of the four leads, which gives us our first look and insight into the new generation of Ghostbusters. So let's take a look.
Kristen Wiig is Erin Gilbert
Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior.
Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann
Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, munitions expert, and proton wrangler.
Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates
Abby Yates, a paranormal researcher, supernatural scientist, and entity trapper.
Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan
Patty Tolan, a ghost tracker, municipal historian, and metaphysical commando.
This certainly isn't your daddy's Ghostbusters, however judging from the costumes and tech in the posters, it also is not far removed from the world that was created by Ivan Reitman and Dan Akyroyd in the 1980's. Recent successes, such as Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, show that you can reinvigorate stale franchises by respecting the core elements of the movie, while modernizing the look and feel of the world.
Feig assembled this quartet of comedic actresses, as the new incarnation of Ghostbusters, along with a supporting cast that features Thor's Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams. It also seems that each member has a plausible specialization and purpose within the group. It will be interesting to find out how grounded Feig's world full of undead ghouls will ultimately be when it hits screens in the summer of 2016. While we still haven't gotten a look at the the new Ghostbusters in action, typically when a studio releases promotional material like this, a trailer follows closely behind. So we will save our speculation until that drops momentarily. So for now, tell us what you think about your first look at the faces, mouths, and backs of the new Ghostbusters!
Ghostbusters opens on July 15, 2016.
Source: Point of Geeks