Over the past few days, actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence and Rebel Wilson revealed that they have both met with director Paul Feig to discuss potential roles in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. While nothing has been set in stone, The Daily Beast have uncovered leaked emails from the Sony hack that reveal Jennifer Lawrence has expressed interest in starring, along with Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan. Here's an excerpt from an October 24 email from Sony's Amy Pascal to original Ghostbusters director and reboot producer Ivan Reitman.
"Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise. Paul's movie is gonna be the first one and from what I'm hearing Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan just to name a few have already said they wanted to be in...."
Melissa McCarthy and Emma Stone were both mentioned in September by original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray as actresses he'd like to see in the reboot, along with Kristen Wiig and Linda Cardellini. Given the franchise's pedigree, it isn't too surprising that so many established actresses have expressed interest, but it isn't known if the script by Katie Dippold is even ready yet. This email seems to contradict an October report that the reboot won't be connected to the original movies.
Another leaked email reveals that Sony was considering taking legal action against Bill Murray for refusing to star in the Ghostbusters reboot. Ironically, the email, from David Steinberg, head of Sony Pictures Entertainment's legal department, to Leah Weil, SPE's general counsel, also states that the studio would be in "worse shape" if this information was made public. Take a look at this email excerpt below.
"In order to more fully evaluate our position if Bill Murray again declines to engage on Ghostbusters, AG requested that we identify 'aggressive' litigation counsel with whom we can consult to evaluate our alternatives and strategize. [Harkening back to his prior employer, of course, raised the name of David Boies.] Personally, while I'm fine with aggressive, I think we are in much worse shape if this goes public so seems to me we should look for someone who isn't seeking the spotlight."