Who You Gonna Cast? A ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Dream Movie Casting
When news broke of a new Ghostbusters 3 script, DMC HQ immediately set their top minds to work on a dream casting. When those top minds weren’t available, I took over instead.
I’ll be operating on the assumption of a reboot, seeing as Bill Murray has expressly declined his involvement in the new film and you just can’t reunite 3 out of 4 busters with the same results. So here it is, the Ghostbusters 3 reboot, with alternatives to boot!
Dr. Peter Venkman / Jason Sudeikis
This was an impossible task, simply because there just isn’t another Bill Murray in the world. I needed someone who wasn’t already established, someone with something to prove, and who could bring new development to the role. In the end I settled on Jason Sudeikis. He’s got this great natural charisma and is an SNL alum, same as Murray, plus he can easily play the clown and the boyfriend. He’s bubbling right under the surface of celebrity, with a few movie roles, but GB3 is his chance to cement his big-time status, meaning he’d give the role everything he has.
Alternate: Initially, I went a different way and cast Will Smith as Venkman. Smith is a versatile and immensely popular actor, one of my favourites, and can play a charming romantic lead in his sleep. Unfortunately, I realized he was just too much of a leading man to blend into the cast and would steal the entire show.
Dr. Raymond Stantz / Bill Hader
With Sudeikis as Venkman, it’s only natural that his SNL cohort Bill Hader would play Dr. Raymond Stantz. The two have an almost unnatural chemistry on SNL that would translate terrifically to GB3. Not to mention that Hader and Aykroyd also have a similar look and comedic taste.
Alternate: I could also see Jason Segel as Stantz (Segel also writes much of his own material, same as Aykroyd, plus they’re both big goofs) but Segel might have too much celebrity for the role and steal the show.
Dr. Egon Spengler / Michael Fassbender
Spengler was the major brains of the Ghostbusters and I’d love to see Michael Fassbender tackle the part. Fassbender is one of the greatest actors out there right now and admittedly I’m a huge fan, which is why I’d love to see him try his hand at comedy. Just imagine David from Prometheus fighting ghosts.
Alternate: If Fassbender doesn’t work out, Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) has the same geeky sensibilities as Spengler and the same look, just add glasses!
Winston Zeddmore / Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie (Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has been toiling in small movies roles for years now, developing his talent and experience, and is a sure fit for the Ghostbusters rookie Winston Zeddmore. He’s just unknown enough to play a newcomer, yet still a familiar face. [Editor's Note: Yes, we do like Mr. Mackie THAT much. Mario previously DMC'd him as Chapel in Youngblood.]
Alternate: Damon Wayans Jr. could also be a nice fit, he carved out a nice role for himself in the sitcom Happy Endings and he’s got the comedy pedigree. Ultimately Mackie seems to me like he could own the role as opposed to simply filling it.
Dana Barrett / Scarlett Johansson
ScarJo’s got the right amount of sexuality to play Venkman’s demon-possessed-love-interest, plus she somehow reminds me of a young Sigourney Weaver. That and her connection to Bill Murray through Lost In Translation makes this casting extra interesting.
Alternate: With Sudekis as Venkman and Hader as Stantz, lets complete the SNL trifecta and alternate-cast Kristen Wiig as Dana Barrett. I’m hesitant only because we’ve all seen her play crazy women on SNL, but I think she’s really just too funny for this role.
Louis Tully / Tobey Maguire
Another impossible recasting, because Rick Moranis in his prime was untouchable. I eventually settled on Tobey Maguire because he’s small enough and can play the geek, plus the character would allow Maguire to really dive into some beautiful awkward comedy, which would make for an awesome cameo.
Alternate: I considered a Michael Cera/Jesse Eisenberg (I can never tell them apart) casting, but they’re both really just too big physically for the role; Moranis was a tiny guy in a tracksuit, which made his character perfect.
Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man / Kermit the Frog
After the success of the Muppets movie, Kermit’s ready for the big time as the rebooted “Destructor,” replacing the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Except…what happens when Kermit explodes?