Ever since Paul Feig started shooting his female-driven Ghostbusters reboot, the director has revealed a number of photos and details from the set. He gave fans the first look at the proton packs that stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will be using, and he even teased that the beloved ghost Slimer will return. Yesterday, the filmmaker took to his Twitter page once again to confirm the main character names, Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
These names are fairly close to what was revealed in a report last month, which claimed that Kristen Wiig's character was Erin Gabler and Melissa McCarthy was Abby Bergman. The report correctly stated that Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were playing characters named Jillian and Patty, but their last names were not given at that time. Unfortunately, Paul Feig did not confirm any of the plot details that were also mentioned in that report.
If these details are true, the story centers on Erin and Abby, who, several years ago, wrote a book together that claims ghosts are real. In present day, Erin manages to land a teaching job at the prestigious Columbia University, but shortly thereafter, her book is discovered, bringing her academic career to a screeching halt. Erin ends up teaming back up with Abby, who is still hunting ghosts with a new partner, Jillian, just as a new slew of ghosts start to invade New York City. The last main character, Patty, is reportedly an MTA employee who comes face-to-face with the movie's main ghost.
The four main stars are joined by Chris Hemsworth, who plays the new Ghostbusters secretary and Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City. Michael K. Williams also stars as Hawkins, Matt Walsh plays Rourke and Neil Casey will play the main villain, although no specific details were given for any of these characters. Longtime New York City news anchor Pat Kiernan also stars as a news anchor. There was also a rumor that surfaced last week which revealed original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd will have a cameo appearance as a New York City cab driver, who picks up Kristen Wiig's Erin and says the iconic line "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." Erin reportedly replies with, "That's a double negative! That means you are afraid of ghosts!"
Paul Feig is directing from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold (The Heat). Sony Pictures has already set a June 22, 2016 release date. It isn't known how much shooting is left on Ghostbusters at this time, or when we may see the first footage. We'll keep you posted with more updates as production continues, but, for now, check out director Paul Feig's tweets below, and let us know what you think.
Jillian Holtzmann. Now you know. https://t.co/tfsTdTujs3— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 17, 2015
Okay, here you go. Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Abby Yates and Patty Tolan. Now you know even more. https://t.co/MsQVo5iStI— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 18, 2015