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Let’s Dream-Cast the All-Lady ‘Ghostbusters 3’

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | August 5, 2014 | Comments ()


The potentially not-awful Ghostbusters franchise reboot with an all-female cast could be one of the best things ever to happen in the world (or at least the best thing that could happen for a franchise that’s over two decades old). If I had my way, here’s who I’d cast:

Emma Stone as Peter Venkman
Even though she declined a role, Emma Stone is essentially the female Bill Murray, so who else could play this part? She has the sarcastic delivery down already. Plus, if Bill wants to cameo as a ghost, as he’s joked (?) about in the past, hey, he has a history of playing dead characters in Emma’s movies.

Christina Hendricks as Egon Spengler
Christina does playful no-nonsense well, and if Mad Men has taught us anything, it’s that she’s able to stand out even in an ensemble.
Melissa McCarthy as Ray Stantz
Paul Feig (who’s helming the potential reboot) has to cast Melissa, legally (probably).

Zoe Saldana as Winston Zeddemore
Let Zoe act in a franchise in her own skin again.

And please please please PLEASE let Tilda Swinton play ALL the ghosts.

The first movie that Nadia Chaudhury’s father took her to see in theaters was Ghostbusters.

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  • Kenny Powers

    The Lady Ghostbusters cast should be more than just funny. The Ghostbusters are scientists, so the cast should be capable of portraying intelligent characters. They should be capable of dry, awkward humor.

    Most important is the relationship among the cast/characters and how they feed/play off one another. Venkman made jokes of everything in any situation. Ray was more of the goofy/clumsy scientist type. Egon was the straight-laced, stereotypical nerdy Scientist. The Lady Ghostbusters need a Lady Egon-type character. Lady Venkman needs a Lady Egon bc like Venkman/Egon, Lady Venkman needs Lady Egon to get under her skin and get a rise out of her. (Sorry, I don't see that with Emma Stone/Christina Hendricks. As much as I like Emma Stone, I'm not sure she's the best Lady Venkman, I think she'd be a better Egon or Ray.)

    my Lady Ghostbusters cast list:

    Lady Venkman - Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Chelsea Peretti, Sarah Silverman
    Lady Ray - Alison Brie, Elizabeth Banks, Gillian Jacobs, Patricia Clarkson
    Lady Egon - Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, Frances, McDermond, Tatiana Maslany
    Lady Winston - Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Regina Hall
    Guy Janine - Adam Pally, Chris Pratt, Damon Wayans Jr., Donald Glover, Justin Long

  • BobbFrapples

    Tilda Swinton as Egon.

  • Feh. It's a terrible idea all around and you KNOW it'll be 3 tiny white blonde girls from Disney channel shows, with one brunette for "diversity".

  • BlackRabbit

    Or a redhead to be daring.

  • This is a pretty decent list and not at all the flavor of the month shoehorning I thought it was going to be. (That's not sarcasm, either. I actually mean it.)

    You did overlook a crucial bit, though. If you really want an 'all-lady' cast for a 'Ghostbusters' remake, you're going to have to cast someone for the Dana Barrett love interest part. I nominate Krysten Ritter, or possibly Anna Kendrick.

  • SottoVoce

    Debra Wilson needs to be in there somewhere.

  • mlightle

    I went a little younger, Zoe Saldana was on my list, as well as Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Aubrey Plaza.

  • Big George

    Pretty sure there are more black actresses out there than Zoe Saldana...

  • meh

    So wait...the finale would be a 300 foot tall Tilda crushing buildings? I'm on board.

  • e jerry powell

    So now I insist that The Tubes re-write "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman" especially for that circumstance.

  • Mythra Sun

    Can we get off Zoe's jock? She really grates on my nerves. Girlfriend is so overrated, says dumb things and has become ever more unbearable than usual since the "thank all the f*cking media for invading our privacy" tweet. Ummm you are an actress.... who is promoting a movie.... who is clearly pregnant. So a few articles were written. Did a member of the media jump out from your closet? No? Ok then. You get paid millions of dollars to work a few months out of the year, get flown around the world to partake in media blitzes, stay in the best hotels, eat the best food. If you want privacy, become a librarian.

  • Since seeing her turn as Gamora, I have to admit that she is not as good of an actress as I had hoped. She just plays herself in everything.

  • logarific

    Here goes. I see it as a sequel.
    Tina Fey (Egon's wildly sexually inappropriate wife)
    Jane Levy (Egon's daughter. Takes after her dad, barely puts up with mom.)
    Sigourney Weaver (Dana reprise)
    Zac Efron (Oscar. Jane Levy's love interest)
    Eisha Tyler (Ray's former student turned wife. Brains and an ass kicker.)
    Gabourey Sidibe/Ellen Wong (Winston's twin daughters. the containment unit did some weird things to his swimmers)

  • JenVegas

    I would watch this movie just for this "Gabourey Sidibe/Ellen Wong (Winston's twin daughters. the containment unit did some weird things to his swimmers)"

  • Fruity Fonzie

    Anna freaking Faris. Period

  • Sean

    Trade Mindy Kaling for McCarthy. Kerry Washington for Saldana. I can live with the other two choices.

  • csb

    As I've stated elsewhere, Melissa McCarthy should be kept the hell away from this project.

    For Ray you'd need someone to convey the nerdy excitement of the work that they do - the people who spring to mind immediately for me are Aisha Tyler and Jamie Alexander, and maybe even Emma Stone.

  • Erin S

    I submit Mindy Kaling for consideration. She could play the usual ditzy character she does, OR she could utilize her expansive knowledge of comedy to do something else. While she knows rom-coms, in her book it's also pretty clear she loves the classic comedies and I feel like she could help keep the right tone instead of "If Bridesmaids were Ghostbusters."

  • stella

    Can Aisha Tyler be there too?

  • e jerry powell
    Let’s Dream-Cast the All-Lady ‘Ghostbusters 3’


    No, no, no, no, no!

    Also, Nadia, Why are you pushing the whole correspondent-race thing? Why does Zoe Saldana have to play the Ernie Hudson part? It's not as though the Hudson character was necessarily a hood-rat black character to start with. Where is it written that none of the other characters couldn't be played by actresses of color? Surely we could pull in Aishwarya Rai for a role, no? Or Lupita Nyong'o? America Ferrera?

    Imagination much?

  • $116023062


  • Who cares? This is a rotten, bankrupt 'idea'.

  • Can't we have Samira Wiley as lady-Winston? Hell, let's toss in Danielle Brooks as the Ray and make Melissa McCarthy Janine. Rebel Wilson can be in there somewhere, too. Instead of a reboot, this could just be all the daughters of the original Ghostbusters. Like a supernatural-crime-fighting Wilson Phillips.

  • logarific

    Yes... And they all join a sorority that needs a new house. Just so happens, Ray's daughter knows just the place- daddy's old office, which she inherited after Ray went missing many years ago. They (in a montage) clean the place, and silly paint flinging and hijinks ensue. During a sexy sorority pillow fight, they stumble across a hidden cache of old Ghostbusters gear, along with subtle clues as to the case Ray was working on when he disappeared. That's all I've got.

  • $116023062

    1. Tatiana Maslany = All Roles.

    2. Venkman = Byrne, Spengler = Blunt, Stantz = Katie Aselton (or Judy Greer), Zeddemore = Lucy Liu.

  • Judy Greer would make an outstanding Ray, and I love the idea of Emily Blunt as Egon.

  • $116023062

    Stanz is the hard one, Greer was my initial choice but Alselton would also be perfect and should be in more things.

    I could also see Erinn Hayes or Kristen Ritter in the Venkman role but neither are headliners.

    If it is made it will probably be Bullock, McCarthy, Wiig, and Byrne.

  • The Butt

    Here's mine...

    Kaitlin Olson

    Tina Fey

    Rebel Wilson

    Amy Adams

  • logarific

    Where does Kristin Bauer van Straten fit into the mix? I see her as an aggressively offensive Venkman.

  • Miss Kate

    She would actually be awesome as the officious prick who gets in their way (the William Atherton character). She does snark like no other.

  • becks2point0

    I'd go for Kristen Bell as Venkman(I can't picture Stone as an asshole) and Rose Byrne as Spengler. Ray should be June Diane Raphael and for Winston I'm gonna go with Danielle Brooks because Artemis nailed that one.

  • Ernest Hirsch

    I've got it:

    Bill Murray
    Dan Akroyd
    Harold Ramis
    Ernie Hudson
    Sigourney Weaver
    Rick Moranis
    Annie Potts

    From 1984.

    If not, don't do it.

  • e jerry powell

    And there we have it.

  • John W

    The SNL cast: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph (one of them gets to play the Rick Moranis part)

    The Geek Goddess cast: Felicia Day, Olivia Munn, Aisha Tyler, and Summer Glau

    My dream cast: Gillian Anderson, Debra Ann Woll, Scarlett Johansson, Lena Headey

    The "serious actress" cast: Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet

    The "it girl" cast: Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, and Anne Hathaway

    The Game of Thrones cast: Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Tena, Carice Van Houten, and Emilia Clarke

  • Alicia

    Doesn't Lena Headey qualify for your "geek goddess" and "Game of Thrones" casts, as well?

  • John W

    I don't want to be greedy.

  • $116023062

    RE: The Game of Thrones cast:


    Rose Leslie should be there in place of Houten or Clarke.

  • Art3mis

    It's almost like there are enough super talented, funny women to make several female driven action-comedies!

  • JenVegas

    stop talkin crazy.

  • John W

    There sure are. If only it wasn't so haaaaarrrrrrd.

  • Alex Smith

    Idris Elba for the Signourney Weaver role

  • Alex Smith

    Yes on all of these.

  • We were talking about this very thing over the weekend and the one we could all agree on was Aisha Tyler.

  • JenVegas

    This is what I came to say.

  • I have just imagined her playing each of the parts and she was equally hilarious in all of them. She can just rock this Eddie-Murphy-style as far as I'm concerned.

  • Matt C.

    I want Jessica Williams to start being in things, and this seems like the perfect start.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    That is a GREAT idea. I'm co-signing.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I came to the comments to say just this. I think she would kick so much ass in this kind of role.

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  • BWeaves


    No reboot.

    Give the ladies their own, fresh idea.

  • Kenny Powers

    Unfortunately, today's movie studios/executives LOOOOOVE reboots, remakes, sequels, spinoffs and/or movies based on existing ideas (comics, toys, board games, etc.)

  • lowercase_ryan

    tbf, an action movie helmed by 3-4 women is pretty fresh. And guys get stuck with reboots too. JUST SAYING!!

  • Art3mis

    If this happens, I want Tasha Jefferson to be one of the ghostbusters SO BADLY. Universe/Paul Feig, please make that happen.

    Actually, you could probably cast the whole thing off of Orange is the New Black, and just add Melissa McCarthy.

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