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:
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.