With two Ghostbusters reboots in the works, there’s been a lot of talk lately about the original 1980s comedy franchise. Now it seems the new all-female reboot from Paul Feige will have a bit of star power from the first movies in the form of Dan Aykroyd.
The 63-year-old actor confirmed the news in a post on his Twitter that he later removed for an unknown reason.
“On the GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’S are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating! #ghostbusters,” the tweet read.
Entertainment Weekly contacted a representative for Aykroyd who confirmed he will have a cameo in the 2016 film. However, the outlet was not able to confirm if he’ll be taking on a new character or reprise his role as original Ghostbusters co-founder Raymond Stantz.
Aykroyd’s involvement in the film is not necessarily a surprise. Not only has he consistently sung the praises of the “Ghostbusters” movies for decades, but he recently was tapped by Sony to create a different remake of the film with the Russo brothers. As previously reported, he’ll work with original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman to establish an expanded universe within the franchise. With Aykroyd thoroughly attached to all things “Ghostbusters” coming in the future, heads are starting to turn toward other original cast members Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray.
Hudson told EW in the past he’d be on board to join either movie in whatever role producers would have him. Meanwhile, Bill Murray has remained rather aloof about the recent boom in “Ghostbusters” traction. He continually praises Feige’s idea for an all-female cast and has nothing but good things to say about the women chosen. However, he doesn’t seem too interested in a cameo.
Speaking to MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, Murray was asked directly if he’d appear in the film. Unfortunately, he pretty much said there were no plans at this time, given that saw Feige at the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special in February.
“He said, 'Maybe there’ll be something for you to do in the movie,’ And I was like, [noncommittal noise], and it hasn’t gone any further.” Murray told the outlet. “But I think they’re going to have a great success with it. I think it’s going to be fun.”
Unfortunately, even if all the stars aligned, the original team would still be one man short. The genius mind who brought Egon Spengler to life, Harold Ramis, died last year at the age of 69.
“Harold Ramis and I together did the ‘National Lampoon Show’ off Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes’, ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet,” Murray previously told Time. “God bless him.”