Big casting news today. Actor Paul Rudd, known for his character of Scott Lang in Marvel’s Ant-Man and Avengers films, took to Twitter with a video announcing that he’ll be joining the cast of Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel. Check out Sony’s announcement from the official Ghostbusters Twitter account below.
Rudd will appear alongside Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Captain Marvel’s McKenna Grace. Carrie Coon is also stated to be appearing in the film, along with original Ghostbusters actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver all making appearances.
Both Rudd and Reitman seem keen on working together on the upcoming film. Apparently, director Jason Reitman has been a fan of Rudd’s for a long time and has been wanting to work with the actor ever since a short film of Reitman’s premiered before Wet Hot American Summer at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2001. Reitman, of course, is the sun of filmmaker Ivan Reitman, who directed the original Ghostbusters film.
The part Rudd will be playing in the upcoming film is unknown at the moment, but it’s a good bet he’ll be one of the new team of Ghostbusters that will be featured in the film. Supposedly, a family (played by Coon, Grace, and Wolfhard) will be at the center of the film’s story, which will require a new generation of Ghostbusters to assemble to deal with a new (or returning?) supernatural threat.
Rudd is the first big-name comedic actor to be cast in the film. Other actors rumored for roles are Seth Rogan and Chris Pratt, though there is nothing official beyond Rudd’s involvement at this time.
Sony has been trying to revive the Ghostbusters franchise for quite some time, failing to do so with 2016’s Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, which opted for an all-female cast in a quazi-remake/total reboot (the film was both its own thing in a universe where the original Ghostbusters never existed, but paid homage to the 1984 film in a head-scratcher of a decision that audiences didn’t seem to like).
Director Paul Feig opted to make Ghostbusters: Answer The Call a straight-up comedy, relying on the talents of stars Christina Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Fans and audiences roundly criticized the decision, causing the film’s cast and director to actually attack them by accusing the critics of misogyny and sexism. The film was considered to be a flop and set-back Sony’s plans to create multiple Ghostbusters films in a shared universe that was to be spearheaded by the all-female cast.
So far, Jason Reitman has taken a different strategy by making Ghostbusters 2020 a direct sequel to his father’s two films, and once more convincing the original cast members to return for cameos, only this time, they will be reprising their original roles. Lots of critical eyes are on the decisions Reitman is making, but so far, all the news coming from the GB20 camp appears to be greeted by positivity from Ghostbusters fans.
What do you think of Paul Rudd’s casting in this film? How do you think the new cast of Ghostbusters 2020 is shaping up? Let us know in the comments.