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Sigourney Weaver joins new ‘Ghostbusters’ cast

Sigourney Weaver participates in a Q&A session on the closing night of the Hero Complex Film Festival on June 1, 2014.

Sigourney Weaver participates in a Q&A session on the closing night of the Hero Complex Film Festival on June 1, 2014.

(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

"Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig has had it with casting leaks and misogynist tweets about his new movie. So he's taking the bull by the horns and announcing the next truly exciting casting reveal from his own Twitter account. And it turns out who the new Ghostbusters are going to call is original cast member Sigourney Weaver. 

Feig tweeted the news that Weaver, who has played "Ghostbusters" character Dana Barrett twice, will be returning to the franchise. But he was understandably mum on plot details. 

Barrett's character was romantically linked to Bill Murray's Dr. Peter Venkman in the previous films, and in the second movie, her son Oscar was attacked by an ancient evil Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia. 

The new cast of "Ghostbusters" is led by the all-woman team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Unfortunately, this female-centric cast has kicked up some truly vile trolling from the Internet (hence Feig's previous more tense tweets). 

However, copious members of the original crew, now including Weaver, have banded together to support and act in the new vision for the paranormal pest control team. 

The new "Ghostbusters" will debut July 15, 2016.


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