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Let's Speculate About Who Bill Murray Might Play In 'The Ghostbusters'

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | August 10, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | August 10, 2015 |

It’s all happening!

After years of Bill Murray (presumably) ducking Dan Aykroyd’s calls about another Ghostbusters movie, The Man The Myth The Legend has signed on to appear in the reboot directed by Paul Feig.

THR reports Murray had long been reluctant to dip into the Ghostbusters ectoplasm because of how Ghostbusters II was received. But Murray has praised the female-fronted Ghostbusters since last fall, when he suggested some actresses who’d be fit to step into his proton packs, saying, “Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny!”

Maybe the comedy gods listening was his tipping point. Maybe it was a big fat paycheck matched with minimal shoot days. Maybe it’s some weird Murrayesque story we’ll hear about next year on the press tour. Who cares? Murray and Ghostbusters are reunited, and it feels so good!

Though his role is currently under wraps, “reboot” suggests he won’t be playing Venkman again. Instead, I’d like to see Feig have some fun with the casting. Like maybe the Ghostbusters spot Murray on the street and geek out. Or maybe he photobombs them (as he is known to do). Or maybe he’ll play a scowling bureaucrat in a beautiful 180 of the original movies. Or the owner of an unconventional doggy daycare, where dogs and cats live together. It doesn’t matter to us, as long as he’s there.

And Aykroyd will be there too. Because of course he will. And maybe like with Pixels, he’ll be able to use his cameo as an excuse to plug his stupid crystal skull hooch.

Now the only original Ghostbuster unaccounted for is Ernie Hudson. (R.I.P. Harold Ramis!) But as much as I love Congo, Hudson’s sexist remarks about this reboot make it cool with me if he’s left out.

While we wait for Ghostbusters to hit on July 22, 2016, let’s celebrate with a Bill Murray gif party!


Kristy Puchko counts Venkman as one of her earliest crushes.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.