After making some off-colored remakes about how much the new Ghostbusters reboot was going to suck, many thought Ernie Hudson wouldn't be invited to the party. After a couple of public apologizes, Ernie Hudson has made nice with director Paul Feig and his all-female cast. Now, the man who will forever be remembered as ghost skeptic Winston Zeddmore is joining fellow Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd for a cameo appearance in the new horror comedy. This means all of the original haint hunters will be back with the exception of Harold Ramis, who passed away in 2014.
Ernie Hudson starred in both the 1984 original Ghostbusters and 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2. His character was a hired hand brought in to help with some of the heavy lifting. No character details have been revealed for Ernie Hudson in the new Ghostbusters. But we know he won't be reprising Winston Zeddmore. In this world, none of the original Ghostbusters exist. This is a complete overhaul of the franchise, and takes place in an alternate universe.
Ernie Hudson was one of the strongest opponents of a new rebooted franchise. He hated the idea when he first heard it, saying it 'would be a bad idea'. Of course, he later changed his tune. The film stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. About this line-up, Ernie Hudson called them 'four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts ... phenomenal!" Ernie Hudson was spotted on the set this Saturday, during the last day of filming.
Bill Murray is believed to be playing a a man out to debunk the girls and their ghosts theories. Dan Aykroyd is playing a cab driver who gives Kristen Wiig a lift. While we're not sure how many call backs the film will have to the original, we do know that Dan Aykroyd will get to say the iconic line, 'I aint afraid of no ghosts.' Nothing else about the three original Ghostbusters and their appearance in the movie has been revealed.
The original gang aren't the only ones getting cameos in the new movie. Director Paul Feig has reportedly brought on heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne for scenes involving a rock concert. The scenes in question were shot at Boston's Citi Wang Theater. The arena was transformed into the Stonebrook Theatre for an event dubbed "Rock Revenge Fest featuring Ozzy Osbourne," which is part of a "12 Hour Marathon of Metal." The Boston Herald's "spies" overheard several crew members talking about Ozzy Osbourne outside of the arena. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were all said to be filming the scene inside this arena, but it isn't clear how these Ghostbusters end up at the rock concert.
Plot details have been hard to come by since production began, but one rumor claims that, years ago, Kristen Wiig's Erin Gilbert wrote a book with Melissa McCarthy's Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), which revealed that ghosts are real. Erin loses her teaching job at Columbia University once word of her book resurfaces, and she reteams with Abby and her new partner, Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). Together, they must save New York from a supernatural threat.
The supporting cast includes Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters' secretary and Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, alongside Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan and Neil Casey. Now that shooting is complete, we should be getting our first look at footage soon. No trailer release date has been announced, but we'll probably see it sometime in October, timed to Halloween. What do you think? Does the inclusion of Ernie Hudson make you love or hate this idea of a reboot just a little bit more?