After it was announced that director Paul Feig would be manning the ship in a female-centric reboot of Ghostbusters , many speculated that he’d probably cast the funny women he’s worked with before, most notably Melissa McCarthy. Her stardom really took off after her breakout role in the Feig-directed Bridesmaids and continued in The Heat and Spy, which is coming out in May. And it appears, The Hollywood Reporter maintains, that McCarthy has indeed been approached to play the lead in the ectoplasmic fun fest, but her involvement is still very much in the air.
McCarthy has been one of Hollywood’s most sought-after comedic actresses since 2011 when her performance in Bridesmaids garnered her universally rave reviews and even an Oscar nomination. Her feature film docket is filling up, not least because she and her husband-collaborator Ben Falcone, with whom she made the film Tammy, are going to make another movie called Michelle Darnell. And, if that doesn’t make her busy enough, she’s also the co-lead on the inexplicably popular CBS series (and they’re all inexplicably popular if you ask me) Mike & Molly.
For McCarthy to be able to star in Feig’s take on the paranormal comedy, she’ll need to make sure she’s free in June when cameras are set to start rolling. The HR article’s unnamed source says, while that’s certainly possible, it’s by no means a lock.
A lot of other actresses have had their names included in the conversation surrounding the new Ghostbusters reboot, including Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Rebel Wilson, Cecily Strong, and Jillian Bell. But at this point, nobody’s attached. Hopefully someone signs on soon so we can all start speculating and making fan art and things.
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