Forget about what Bill Murray has said in the past – the 64-year-old actor WILL appear in the 2016 female reboot of “Ghostbusters.” The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the exciting casting news on Sunday.
Filming for the “Ghostbusters” movie has been underway for a couple weeks, but Murray’s involvement in the project is a new update. The actor, who starred in the original 1984 movie as Dr. Peter Venkman, has been refusing to reprise his role for years.
Numerous rumors have been circulating since word of a third installment in the franchise first sparked. At first Murray was reportedly going to return as a ghost, but in 2012 Murray’s “Ghostbusters” co-star Dan Aykroyd revealed to the Telegraph that the legendary actor didn’t want to be involved in the new film at all. Murray allegedly sent Aykroyd, who was attached to the script at the time, a shredded copy of the proposed storyline.
Fans of the supernatural franchise now know that the third “Ghostbusters” is actually a reboot with female leads – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth is also attached to the film in a significant role. Meanwhile, Aykroyd is reportedly set to return to the franchise. He tweeted a message in mid-July from set, but later removed it. However, Murray’s part in the film remains a mystery. It’s currently unclear how big of a part he’ll play when the new “Ghostbusters” hits theaters on July 22, 2016.