Rumor of the Day: Ghostbusters plot details, character descriptions, and more casting

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Jan 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EST (Updated)

In the wake of yesterday’s casting announcement for Sony’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot/remake, we now have some tantalizing plot details and character descriptions, including the names of two actors wanted for villain roles. We also have the first banner, as well as a release date for the film.

HitFix claim they have a few details on the plot, as well as who Sony wants to fill in two other important roles in the movie. They also reveal that Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly, Bridemaids), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) will NOT be playing female versions of Dr. Egon Spengler (the late Harold Ramis), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson). Instead, they’ll play brand-new characters and will have no real connection to the original Ghostbusters flicks. It’s a total, complete remake (although there will be some nice callbacks, as you're about to read).

The two most interesting tidbits of news are the names of two well-known actors Sony wants to nab for 1) the big bad villain role, and 2) the role of a professional, supernatural debunker.

Here’s a breakdown of the new characters, played by our four female leads.

Melissa McCarthy’s character is named Patty, and she’s a New York City subway worker. Patty is the one who comes across the movie’s main ghost and supernatural threat.

Kristen Wiig will be playing Erin Garber. She’s a published author on the subject of the paranormal and works for Columbia University. If you guys will recall, Egon, Ray and Peter worked in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Very nice callback to the original films there; that and the fact that Wiig's (and Leslie Jones', as you'll see below) character is also an academic.

Leslie Jones is Abby Bergman. She co-authored a book with Garber, but the two women have since fallen out and have gone their separate ways. Abby actually chases ghosts like TAPS (or, if you prefer, like Supernatural’s Ghostfacers). This creates some tensions between Wiig’s academic investigation style and Jones’ more mainstream media investigation one. This particular plot point is expected to be central to the movie.

Kate McKinnon plays Jillian. She’s Abby's new partner.

And now, for the new stuff. Sony is apparently looking to cast Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as the main villain in the movie, who's described as a “creepy mechanical genius.” (Kinda sounds like the role Dinklage played in X-Men: Days of Future Past, don’t you think? He played Bolivar Trask, the inventor of those pesky Sentinels.) And you know the bit about the professional supernatural debunker we just mentioned? Well, the character's name is Martin Heiss, and the powers-that-be want none other than Bill Murray, himself, for the role of the “professional supernatural debunker who is out to prove that the Ghostbusters are frauds.”

Here’s what HitFix said:

There are some other major roles to cast, and based on conversations at Sony, it seems like they'e got some people in mind already. I'm curious to see if they land Peter Dinklage as the main bad guy, a creepy mechanical genius, but there's another role that, if they cast who they want, is going to be the most interesting part of the film. Like I said, these aren't direct one-to-one corollaries, but there is a character named Martin Heiss who is a professional supernatural debunker. When our new Ghostbusters post some videos of what they're doing online, Heiss becomes determined to prove that they are fakes, and he ends up at odds with the team for the whole film.

What do you guys think about those character descriptions and plot details? Would you like to see Peter Dinklage and Bill Murray join the cast?

Ghostbusters is tentatively set to be released on July 22, 2016.

(via Comic Book Movie)