The new all-female Ghostbusters cast was announced yesterday, as director Paul Feig confirmed a reunion with his Bridesmaids costars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who will also be joined by current Saturday Night Live cast mates Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The news caused a wave of mixed reactions, with a lot of longtime fans hating this lineup. One person who actually loves these new Ghostbusters is co-creator and star of the original franchise Dan Aykroyd.
THR reached out to Aykroyd, who has been one of the loudest champions of a new sequel, attempting to get it off the ground since the 90s. They asked for his reaction, and they got quite a nice one, which finds the former SNL icon heaping praise upon these ladies while giving a shoutout to his own Aykroyd family name:
The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.
Dan Aykroyd's great grandfather Sam Aykroyd was an actual paranormal investigator, who's life is recounted in Dan's father Peter Aykroyd's book 'A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters'. While the actor has a huge personal investment in the movie, it has not yet been revealed if he will actually have a cameo. One thing is for certain, Dan Aykroyd will not be strapping on a proton pack to reprise his role as Dr. Raymond Stantz, as the 2016 Ghostbusters is a complete reboot.