Bill Murray is once again answering the call.
The OG “Ghostbusters” star has confirmed he’ll reprise his role as Peter Venkman in the upcoming sequel “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. Murray was rumoured to be joining his original “Ghostbusters” stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson in the movie, but the actor, 69, only personally confirmed his involvement in a new interview with Vanity Fair on Thursday. Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are also returning to their original roles.
The film will deal with the passing of the fourth Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler, played by Harold Ramis. Ramis died in 2014 at the age of 69. He and Aykroyd co-wrote both the original 1984 film and its 1989 sequel.
“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” Murray says of the film’s plot. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”
Though the film will mostly focus on a new cast of characters, Murray says the film will be a hit because “the script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”
Filmed in Calgary, the new movie is directed by Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” adds some new faces to the franchise including Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard.
In the upcoming comedy, Spengler’s daughter (Coon) and grandkids (Mckenna Grace and Wolfhard) relocate to an old farmhouse in Oklahoma. Soon, they discover their family connection to the original Ghostbusters as they realize there’s something strange in the neighbourhood.
With a family bloodline that connects to the original Ghostbusters crew, ET Canada’s Keshia Chante tried to get Wolfhard to spill the tea on whether or not we’ll get to see him don a proton pack in “Afterlife”.