Who you gonna call? Dream-casting the new female 'Ghostbusters'

Who you gonna call? Dream-casting the new female 'Ghostbusters'
Bill Murray's "Ghostbusters" cast suggestions are, from left, Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone, Linda Cardellini and Melissa McCarthy. (Los Angeles Times)

"Ghostbusters" fans were sent into a tizzy Wednesday when "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig announced that he's rebooting the beloved action-comedy franchise about a crew of paranormal exterminators, with an all-new cast of female characters.

The big question on everyone's mind: Who's on the list of hilarious women Feig has promised to call? No names have been revealed yet, but that doesn't stop us -- or you -- from doing our own bit of fantasy casting. Here are some suggestions for the types of actresses we'd like to see picking up a proton pack, kicking some supernatural butt and having a blast while doing so.


A "Saturday Night Live" veteran

Many of today's finest comedic talents, male and female, have honed their skills on "SNL." One of their ranks would be a natural fit for "Ghostbusters."

Candidates: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph

Our choice: Poehler. Fey would seem to be an obvious choice for a brainy, Egon Spengler-esque role (played by the late Harold Ramis in the originals) -- but perhaps too obvious. Her BFF Poehler could provide leadership, as she does on TV's "Parks and Recreation" (in a fashion), while still pulling off the more slapstick elements that might arise.

A Bill Murray pick

Murray, a star of the previous two movies, doesn't seem interested in returning to the franchise. But that didn't stop him from offering his own suggestions for a new generation of female Ghostbusters a few weeks ago at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Candidates: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Linda Cardellini, Emma Stone

Our choice: McCarthy, probably the closest thing to a consensus pick. She's a comedic force of nature and has a great rapport with Feig, having starred in "Bridesmaids," "The Heat" and the upcoming "Spy." (Stone would be a close-runner-up, though, and also fits into the next category …)

A sassy up-and-comer

To further liven things up, let's bring in some young blood -- someone from the next generation of comedic actresses.

Candidates: Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham

Our choice: Kendrick, whom we can already picture dropping sarcastic one-liners and serious eye-rolls. She also has musical talent (see: "Pitch Perfect" and December's "Into the Woods"), and you never know when that might come in handy.

A serious actress looking to show her comedic chops

Why let comedians have all the fun? We'd love to see an actress known for dramatic fare play against type here.


Candidates: Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson

Our choice: Tough call here. We'll go with Lawrence, who has a goofy, down-to-earth public persona but rarely gets to showcase her sense of humor on screen (we got a glimpse in "American Hustle" when she blew up a microwave). And as she's demonstrated in the "Hunger Games" franchise, she can roll up her sleeves when it's time for action.

What do you think?

Let us know who you'd cast in the comments below.

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