‘Ghostbusters’ Gets New Character Posters

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‘Ghostbusters’ official cast photo shows Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon have team spirit.

There was something strange in the neighborhood Thursday morning, with character posters for the leads in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot manifesting across the Internet.Feig also allowed People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, and Time to release the first character photos from his reboot of “Ghostbusters.” EW tweeted out a shot of Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, People posted one of Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Time presented Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and InStyle debuted Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan.

It’s been more than 30 years since Slimer and his crew were targeted in the revered original movie, but now there’s a new female crew in town – and they’re ready to take down the supernatural in the Ghostbusters reboot.Sony unveiled the first official image of the cast in the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot Wednesday — with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon looking the part in a 2016 update to the franchise’s iconic uniforms and proton packs. Each of the four posters — which debuted on different Time Inc. sites: Time, InStyle, People and Entertainment Weekly — feature close-up spot color shots of one the main cast, along with the movie’s logo and tagline, “Who you gonna call.” Each shot also features a piece of familiar Ghostbusters iconography — the proton pack, the particle thrower, the ghost trap and the team’s logo — with two of the posters offering hints to their character’s personality; Leslie Jones’ character has a necklace with her name on it and Kate McKinnon’s a nuclear logo with a heart at the center. (Melissa McCarthy’s identifier is likely her sneer, while Kristen Wiig’s is… less obvious, admittedly.) The release of the posters follows Wednesday’s debut of a group shot of the four characters.

The new movie, opening on July 22, 2016, will focus on a new batch of paranormal pursuers who aren’t afraid of no ghosts, though original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver from the 1984 comedy classic will have cameos. Yes, the original heroes — Dan Akyroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson — are back in cameo roles, as is the film’s original love-interest-turned demonically-possessed temptress, Sigourney Weaver. Director Paul Feig had previously tweeted out several photos during filming to combat an infestation of paparazzi buzzing around the film’s Boston set. And like the male ghostbusters before her, McCarthy, 45, is decked out in her jumpsuit, with her character’s last name, Yates, stitched across her chest. They have big boots to fill: the first two “Ghostbusters,” with Murray, Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis, under all that ectoplasmic slime, are considered ‘80s comedy classics.

Feig calls Wiig’s character, Erin Gilbert, “Particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior.” Little else is known about her character except she enjoys battling the ethereal and likely doesn’t have much of a social life. Sony had high hopes for a third installment of the supernatural comedy franchise, but original director Ivan Reitman dropped out in the wake of his friend Ramis’ death last year. What Feig will divulge is how kinetic the chemistry was on set between Wiig and her co-stars: Melissa McCarthy, who plays scientist Abby Yates; Kate McKinnon, who plays avant garde researcher Jillian Holtzmann; and Leslie Jones, the transportation official Feig describes as having “a particular skill set.” “They are four incredibly talented women, each with a unique voice and style of comedy,” Feig adds. “The fact that they meshed so well and complemented each other so well made this team of paranormal warriors a very interesting and fully-rounded group. Viewers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may be shocked to learn comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz contributed the voice for the droid BB-8 — the rolling fan-favorite character that makes its franchise debut in the highly anticipated new sequel.

The funniest people who come from sketch, stand-up, or just comedy, in general, work well together because the good ones know they are only as good as those they are playing off, against, and with. The two actors are listed as “BB-8 Voice Consultants” in the film’s closing credits — which, according to Hader, means he quite literally helped director J.J.

Abrams create the character’s beep noises. “(It was) J.J. f—ing round with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me,” Hader told the movie website, Hitflix. “You’re looking at a bonafide BB8 voice over consultant,” he wrote, later adding: “Quite possibly the hardest and coolest secret I’ve ever had to keep. The two stars’ inclusion in the blockbuster came as a major surprise to those who stayed for the credits at Monday’s premiere in Los Angeles — as neither has been listed in any previous media information for the movie. In fact, neither Hader nor Schwartz’s names appear in the cast listing, as they were both reserved for the lengthy “Other crew” section of the credits on IMDB. They have good reason to beep with pride: Hader and Schwartz are following in the footsteps of legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, whose mechanically altered vocalizations combined with a synthesizer gave voice to one the franchise’s most iconic droids, R2-D2. This also isn’t the first time Hader has provided voiceover work for Abrams, as he also lent his voice to the USS Vengeance starship computer in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

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