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Ghostbusters Reboot – First Trailer (Well, Fans Hate It)

Ghostbusters Reboot - First Trailer

Imagine an all-female version of Ghostbusters where the new Ernie Hudson gets the biggest laughs, and Chris Hemsworth is reduced to (literally) a walk-on.

30 years ago? Oh man. So if was dancing at a Ghostbusters kids disco at the time that must mean I’m old as s**t. (They recently played the Ghostbusters record on Radio 2 so that should have confirmed it).

The main thing to say is that the trailer has gone down TERRIBLY, I can’t remember seeing more YouTube thumbs down than up for a blockbuster in a long time, perhaps ever –

– Personally I don’t think the trailer’s so bad, but I guess they really should have done that passing-the-torch movie with the original cast to ease things in, as I’ve been saying for years. Thanks for 86ing that Bill Murray.

The plot goes like so: Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Yates as ghosts invade Manhattan and they realise it’s down to them and their newly formed Ghostbusting team to save the world… Leslie Jones plays Patty Tolan, a NYC subway worker who stumbles across the supernatural threat and becomes a new member of the team. Chris Hemsworth is Kevin, the team’s receptionist, echoing Janine from the original films. Andy García is the Mayor of New York City and little known comedian Neil Casey plays the villain (who, quite cleverly, will be the origin of the ghost in the logo). Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts all have cameos but in non-Ghostbuster roles, since this is a full reboot which ignores the previous two films.

An all-female cast may seem like an unusual move but director Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids) is the best director of female comedies in the business, especially coming off the back of the excellent Spy. He’s already got the best out of McCarthy and Wiig for those films. So I remain cautiously optimistic.

Ghostbusters is released in the US and UK on 15th July.

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