All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Revealed: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon Sign On
The all-female Ghostbusters movie has finally cast its four leading ladies – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Director Paul Feig announced the casting news on Twitter Tuesday. His post included a photomontage of McCarthy, Wiig, Jones and McKinnon. Though it lacked a caption for context, those aware that Feig was tapped to helm the highly anticipated project knew he was announcing the new ghostbusters.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
McCarthy has already inked her deal with Sony to star in the film, and Wiig, Jones and McKinnon are in negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
McCarthy has worked with Feig in The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock and in Bridesmaids with Wiig. While Jones and McKinnon have yet to work with Feig, they, like Wiig before them, have become major forces on Saturday Night Live. Jones, who appears in Chris Rock‘s Top Five, has immediately made her presence known in her first full season as a castmember on the sketch show, while McKinnon has been a standout since 2012.
During the Sony email hacks, Sony chief Amy Pascal claimed that Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer, and Lizzy Kaplan were all interested in starring in the film. Bill Murray, who starred in the original Ghostbusters and is wanted for a cameo appearance in the reboot, had hoped both McCarthy and Wiig would be in the cast.
The Ghostbusters reboot will reportedly film in New York City over the summer and will hit theaters July 22, 2016.