Ghostbusters: Meet Kristen Wiig’s Erin Gilbert

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

The debut of the Ghostbusters reboot is a mere seven months away and writer/director Paul Feig is reticent to give away any details on the project. 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. 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. Yates, Gilbert, Holtzmann, and Tolan line up to bust some heads (in a spiritual sense of course).” The image shows the four female Ghostbusters, played by Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones, in their overalls, armed with spirit-busting weapons and surrounded by a ghoulish green light. Plot details remain unconfirmed at this stage, but Wiig and McCarthy are reported to be playing “unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real” and go by the names Erin Gilbert and Abby Bergman.

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. McKinnon stars as Bergman’s new partner Jillian Holtzmann, while Jones is NYC subway worker Patty Tolan, who unexpectedly meets the movie’s biggest supernatural threat.

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. Feig has previously shared photos of the new uniforms, proton packs and car on Twitter and will likely keep teasing fans right up until next summer, when Ghostbusters reaches UK cinemas on 15 July. 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. I love Kate McKinnon and her lacksidasical stance, like the science teacher who uses the container of sulfuric acid as a door stop because he knows his s*** so well it just makes sense to him.” Although the name and plot of the film, which is directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, haven’t been announced, the four main actresses have been making appearances in their costumes at children’s hospitals.

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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