‘Ghostbusters’ reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones

Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are in talks to be the new Ghostbusters.
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Director Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot has found its leading ladies. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are in talks to star in the Sony comedy about a quartet of paranormal exterminators, The Times has confirmed.

Feig tipped the presumptive cast members on Tuesday, tweeting a photo of the foursome without additional comment.

McCarthy and Wiig worked with Feig on the 2011 film “Bridesmaids,” a surprise hit that helped launch both to stardom. Feig and McCarthy reteamed on 2013’s “The Heat” and the upcoming “Spy.”


Jones and McKinnon, meanwhile, are best known for their work on TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” Jones has a role in Chris Rock’s “Top Five” as well.

Feig is writing the new “Ghostbusters” film with “The Heat” scribe Katie Dippold, with an eye toward shooting this summer in New York.

Sony has been trying to get a new “Ghostbusters” movie for years, and until recently the plan had been to reunite the original team of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Ivan Reitman, who helmed the 1984 original and 1989’s “Ghostbusters 2,” remains on board the new film as a producer.

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