Columbia Pictures is slowly putting together its cast members of the much awaited Ghostbusters reboot, and they are eyeing Melissa McCarthy to take the title role as The Lynchpin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McCarthy is being considered to star in the female-reboot of the classic comedy film, with Paul Feig of The Heat and Bridesmaids directing. Feig seems desperate to have McCarthy on board and she seems very interested in joining the project as well.
However, McCarthy needs to settle several things before she can work with Feig for their fourth possible movie together. The actress has a hectic schedule right now, with an active filming schedule for Universal’s comedy Michelle Darnell and a currently running CBS show, Mike & Molly.
Nonetheless, there are speculations that McCarthy might be able to work, given her complicated schedule. Filming for Michelle Darnell is set in mid-March, allowing her to work on Ghostbusters around June.
Emma Stone, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Lawrence are actresses that are placed on the interest list for the poltergeist project. Also, there are rumors that the original Busters Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson might make cameo appearances.
Last year, Bill Murray revealed potential names that could be part of the upcoming reboot. It included McCarthy of St. Vincent, Kristen Wiig of Bridesmaids, Linda Cardinelli of Mad Men and Emma Stone of The Amazing Spider-Man.
The studio has not made any comment about this yet. As of now, Columbia is preparing a list of possible names in case McCarthy couldn’t make it.
The female-driven reboot of Ghostbusters will center on the origin story of the characters and not of the original 1984 film.
Filming is slated to start this summer, with the official release date yet to be confirmed.
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