The all-female Ghostbusters reboot is officially underway. Directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, the much-discussed project has kicked off filming in Boston and audiences are finally getting their first look at the new heroines in costumes, as well as learning more details on what to expect from the upcoming flick. Here’s everything we know so far.
1. The new Ghostbusters won’t stray far from the original.
Though specifics regarding the plotline of the forthcoming reboot have been kept largely under wraps, the script spies over at the Boston Herald recently revealed the film’s basic premise. Per the report, the movie is set in New York (even though its filmed in Boston) and Wiig and McCarthy will play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Wiig lands a prestigious teaching job at Columbia University. But when her book resurfaces, she is laughed out of academia. She reunites with McCarthy’s character and the other two paranormal hunting girls and eventually gets the ultimate validation when ghosts invade Manhattan and the four heroines have to save the world. Feig has yet to confirm the details of the script and some details may still be open to change.
Per the Boston Herald, the script has already gone through a slew of revisions and may still be getting tweaked even as filming kicks off. But the newly leaked set photos seem to support the details, with Wiig wearing a scholarly suit and McCarthy running alongside a paint-splattered McKinnon.
2. Chris Hemsworth will appear
Emma Stone may have turned down a role in the film, but it seems Hemsworth was more than willing to take part in the fun. As revealed earlier this year, the Thor actor has signed on to play a receptionist named Kevin in the gender-swapped remake. The star reportedly initially turned down the role (played by Annie Potts in the 1984 original), but Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold have since increased the size of the part to make the most of Hemsworth’s star power.
Update 4/27/16: A new promo video for the movie reveals a little more about what fans can expect from the character of Kevin:
3. Slimer is back
Slimer, the non-violent ghost resident of the Sedgewick Hotel and one of the first spirits successfully captured by the Ghostbusters, is rumored to be making a return in the upcoming reboot. Feig himself essentially confirmed his comeback on Twitter before filming started, with the hashtag, #slimetimestartstomorrow.
Update 6/15/16: Slimer isn’t the only original villain that will return in the reboot. A new TV spot just released by Sony (seen above) reveals that another iconic villain, Stay Muft Marshmallow Man, will be featured in the new Ghostbusters as well.
4. The original Ghostbusters may show up
Original stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will be making cameos in the film. Aykroyd has been attached to make an appearance since June, at least according to a flyer handed out to residents in Everett (pictured above). The flyer, which gives the movie the codename “Flapjack,” gives residents the names of famous “people [they] may see around,” with Aykroyd listed alongside McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Hemsworth and Cecily Strong. Murray’s appearance in the movie has only recently been confirmed. Per THR, the actor has officially agreed to show up in the upcoming reboot, despite the hesitations he’s previously expressed about returning to the franchise.
[Update, 5/31/16: Added Dan Akroyd comments.] Dan Akroyd saw an early screening of the film and was apparently impressed. “Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!” wrote the actor on WhoSay.
5. There’s a great supporting cast
As just announced, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, and Matt Walsh have all joined the star-studded Ghostbusters cast. Per The Wrap, Garcia has signed on portray the mayor of New York City. Meanwhile, The Wire alum Williams is playing an unspecified character named Hawkins and Veep‘s Walsh will play a character named Rourke. They’re not the only recent addition to the quickly expanding cast. Pat Kiernan, the longtime morning anchor on Time Warner Cable’s New York City’s NY1 , is set to make a cameo as – you guessed it – a news anchor in the film.
6. The new costumes take notes from the original
In June, Feig gave moviegoers their first look at what the ghost-fighting bunch will be wearing in the upcoming reboot. As seen in the above photo from set, the outfits mimic the aesthetic of the jumpsuits in the original film – from the similar coloring to the iconic logo on the shoulder.
That’s not the only part of the costume that Feig has recently revealed. The director also tweeted several photos of the new Ghostbusters proton pack, which McCarthy, McKinnon, Wiig and Jones will use to trap some paranormal figures. In addition to revealing a snapshot of the pack, Feig also revealed specs for the prop.
7. This reboot may be just the beginning
The upcoming movie is only part of an entire cinematic universe that Sony is reportedly planning around Ghostbusters. In addition to the new all-female version, another male reboot starring Channing Tatum was also rumored to be in the works. Depending on how well this Ghostbusters performs, there’s a good chance that McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones will also be back for follow-up films. Here are some more just-released photos of the females in their civilian clothes:
The Ghostbusters reboot will hit theaters on July 22, 2016.