Original Ghostbusters cast shot Afterlife scenes over one week
During Vanity Fair’s visit to the set of Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife in Calgary, Canada, it was revealed that the original Ghostbusters stars shot their scenes for the highly-anticipated movie over one week. The outlet shared that the original stars, apparently referred to as the OGBs by the crew, “each has a meaningful role in the movie” but they will not be “the central heroes this time.”
During the week of filming, VF reported that “Murray was definitely on the set at various times during that week last fall, as were Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, reprising their respective roles as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore. Also visiting the location during that those days were Annie Potts the long-suffering receptionist Janine Melnitz and Sigourney Weaver who played frequent malevolence magnet Dana Barrett.”
No spoilers were revealed regarding the OGBs parts in the upcoming film, including how the story will navigate the absence of Egon Spengler, previously played by the late Harold Ramis. “Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” said Murray. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on a new family with single mom Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard & Mckenna Grace) who move into a beaten-down farmhouse in Oklahoma only to discover that there’s something strange in the neighborhood. Unexplained quakes shake the town. There’s an old mine nearby that bears the name of Ivo Shandor, who built the Manhattan high-rise in the 1984 film that channeled the forces of evil. Paul Rudd costars as a local teacher who’s been documenting the unexplained phenomena, befriending Callie and her kids and helping make the connection between the current weirdness and the events of three decades before.
12-year-old Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home) stars in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) playing her mother and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT) as her brother. Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame) will be playing a teacher in the film, while Oliver Cooper and Bokeem Woodbine will also be featured. Original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts will reprise their characters.
Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Tully) directed the new film, taking over from his father Ivan Reitman who helmed the first two and will produce. Reitman, who had a cameo in 1989’s Ghostbusters 2, co-wrote the script with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), who is no stranger to ghost stories.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is slated to drop in theaters on July 10, 2020.