Thursday, 23 July 2015

Dan Aykroyd set to cameo in new Ghostbusters

He has always been the biggest cheerleader for a third Ghostbusters movie, but while Paul Feig's (Bridesmaids) revival is introducing an entirely new cast, it seems there is at least a small space for the old guard after all. Dan Aykroyd has confirmed via Twitter he has been on the set shooting a cameo appearance.

"Shooting my scene with funny, beautiful Kristen Wiig," said Aykroyd. "Lady Ghostbusters are adorable, hilarious and badass! Exhilarating!" It would be great to think he showed up as Ray Stantz, but some rumourmongers believe he is just playing a cab driver – his presence a simple wink to the audience. Aykroyd has since deleted the tweet, but the ghost was already out of the trap.

Feig has so far been keeping many of the details about the new movie close to his chest, but we do know that the basic story, written by the director and Katie Dippold (The Heat) finds Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) as a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University. All is well, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is on to play the assistant to the spirit chasing team, which will expand to include Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live). Recent additions to the cast also include Andy Garcia (Oceans 13), Matt Walsh (Ted), Michael K. Williams (12 Years A Slave) and Neil Casey (Saturday Night Live). Ghostbusters is set for release on 22 July next year.

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