Fans worried they won’t see the original Ghostbusters on-screen will … technically still be disappointed. However, director Paul Feig has done a commendable job stringing together the surviving cast of the 1984 classic. In addition to previously confirmed cameos by Dan Aykroyd (formerly Dr. Raymond Stanz) and Bill Murray (formerly Dr. Peter Venkman), he’ll also toss in the faces of Ernie Hudson (formerly Winston Zeddemore) and Annie Potts (formerly Janine Melnitz).
No word on who Hudson will play, but word is out that Potts will appear as a hotel clerk, which is somewhat of a step up from fielding frustrating calls from irate customers who don’t approve of Venkman’s “containment of the beast” fee. (Perhaps Feig is re-imagining or paying homage to the infamous Sedgewick Hotel scene? Hope not.) It’s really a shame they’re not just reprising their original roles; otherwise, that would have been a nice tongue-in-cheek gag.
Also, here’s a token piece of news for you metalheads: It’s also been reported that Ozzy Osbourne has filmed a cameo for the reboot (via The Playlist). Again, there’s no information as to who he’s playing — possibly even himself, given that it’s impossible to separate the man from the myth — but here’s hoping Feig has the common sense to avoid the stupid bat-head gag or any references to their now-defunct MTV program.
Ghostbusters is set to open on July 15th, 2016. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the cast also includes Chris Hemsworth as the team’s receptionist, Andy Garcia as New York City’s Mayor, and Neil Casey as the main villain, along with Matt Walsh, Michael K. Williams, and Cecily Strong. Dan Akroyd is also confirmed to have a cameo.