Bill Murray Returning For Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Bill Murray reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman in the forthcoming Ghostbusters sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Also, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver, those iconic cast members from the 1984 original film, are coming back for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a source reported on Thursday.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife offers a younger generation of ghostbusters, led by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things.
Murray hasn’t performed the character since 1989’s Ghostbusters II, although he did come back to giving voice to Peter Venkman in 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game. He played in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, albeit as a different character named Martin Heiss.
So he has an affection for the series, and as he said to Vanity Fair, he’s thrilled to be performing in the latest installment, which was written and directed by Jason Reitman. Reitman is an Oscar-nominated director, is the son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman, and appeared in Ghostbusters II as a bratty kid saying the Ghostbusters that they are full of crap.
Bill Murray Statements
“The script is great,” Murray said to VF. “It’s got loads of emotion in it. It’s got loads of family in it, with new lines. It’s going to work.”
As earlier reported, Murray’s Ghostbusters co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson are also verified to come back as Dr. Ray Stanz and Winston Zeddemore. Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the two movies with Aykroyd and performed the laconic oddball Dr. Egon Spengler, died in 2014.
“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” Murray said. “And that’s the story that we’re saying, that’s the story they’ve written.”
It’s not clear how accurately the original cast will fit into the new story, but according to VF, each actor will have a “meaningful role.” Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, and is due in theaters July 10.