Production wrapped on Saturday on Paul Feig‘s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which will see cameos from the original parapsychologists turned ghost hunters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The third team member Harold Ramis passed away last year, so sadly he won’t be a part of the new movie, which features an all-female team. But, fans have been wondering about Ernie Hudson, the fourth and final Ghostbuster from the classic 1984 film.
Now, Feig has confirmed that Hudson will also cameo in the new Sony movie!
Feig posted to his Twitter account on September 19, 2015 revealing that Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the original two films, joined the production on its last day.
Details on Hudson’s appearance are unknown at this time, but Vulture reports that Annie Potts, who played receptionist Janine Melnitz in 1984’s Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II, will have a cameo as a hotel clerk. Thor star Chris Hemsworth takes on the Potts role in the new movie, which features Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the new Ghostbusters.
Hudson got in just under the wire, which is great news, but it seemed as though it wasn’t ever going to happen. The 69-year-old actor, who has revealed last year that his role in the original film was drastically truncated in the final script, had previously scoffed at the idea of an all-female reboot for the franchise, claiming that he didn’t “think the fans want to see that.” He had also said that it would be “wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys” and stressed,”And that didn’t include me!”
But then early this year after learning who had been cast, Hudson told THR of the new leads: “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”
And now, the new movie includes him! And the guys! Check out Hudson’s post to Twitter of a photo of himself with the lead actresses just below. I’ll bet anything that the cast and crew gave the actor the most upmost respect, something his role didn’t really get in the original production.
But where’s Rick Moranis?!!! I wish they could have coaxed the actor, who played accountant Louis Tully in the original movie, out of retirement for this.
Every time we cover the new Ghostbusters film, longtime fans groan about how its an unnecessary reboot, and many express their … let’s just say displeasure with there being an all-female lead cast. (And then there are deniers who say “Why are you saying that people hate this because it’s all-female, that’s not true!” because obviously they can’t read the plethora of previous comments that complain how the Ghostbusters are women now.) While there’s no helping the lady haters, there is some hope for the reboot disapprovers: Feig is a great director of comedic films, and the cast is filled with some of today’s funniest actors. I have faith that this new film is not only going to be humorous, but that it will do justice to the Ghostbusters franchise. And if it doesn’t, it’s easy enough to just dismiss and/or ignore, because it doesn’t take away from the original movie. Plus, it’s not like we’ve never been disappointed in a franchise film before (I’m looking at you, Highlander II).
Ghostbuster will be released in theaters on July 15, 2016.