The new Ghostbusters movie hits theatres in 2016, and the current issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals exactly what type of threat the new team of supernatural fighters will face. They also unveiled a new photo from the upcoming film.
The new team - consisting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones - will face "dead criminals from all eras of New York's underbelly past...pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters." That's on top of the incredibly sexist attitudes of those who, for whatever reason, believe that four fictional women can't fight imaginary villains as well as four fictional men can. McCarthy hilariously commented on the consequences the four face if the movie bombs:
If this doesn't work, we go back and lose our [right to] vote. I'm talking pre-suffragette.
As more details emerge, hopefully we can leave the sexist arguments in the past. The cast and crew have already spent too much time defending themselves and the film from its detractors. They have already proven themselves up to the task, too. For example, Bridesmaids, which featured two of the same stars and was also directed by Paul Feig, was nominated for two Oscars and, to date, is the highest grossing Judd Apatow production.
Not much else is known about the plot of the film, or about the characters played by the four brilliant leads. Neil Casey has signed on to play the lead villain, named Rowan, who may or may not have mystical abilities tied to the release of those criminal ghosts.
The old-timey villain approach is an interesting one to take, and one that will help set this version apart from its 1984 predecessor. In addition, the possible use of actual historical figures opens up the door for some hilarious cameos to be peppered throughout the film.
Ghostbusters hits theatres across the United States on July 15, 2016.