When “Bridesmaids” Director Paul Feig was said to be Sony Pictures number one contender for the highly coveted “Ghostbusters 3” gig people were surprised—not as surprised as when it was also said the film will be a female-led reboot.
In a fanboy world where the casting of Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch” in Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot led to outcry—one can imagine how people would react when a male-driven classic is rebooted to feature a female cast. As Bob Dylan once wrote “The Times They Are a-Changing.”
It is only right that a “Ghostbusters” film for the new generation expressed the diversity in today’s society—not only that but look at Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” which became an instant-classic and amassed $288 million worldwide. This coupled with the fact Hollywood’s bullpen of actresses is as deep as the Oakland A’s’ makes a team of female Ghostbusters make a lot of sense. So, lets take a look at five actresses that should star in a female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Melissa McCarthy: An obvious choice—a frequent collaborator of Feig’s and audiences love her. Her unique brand of comedy bridges the gap between female and male audiences as she always brings the funny whether its in a supporting role in “Bridesmaids” or a starring one like with “The Heat,” which grossed $229 million worldwide. Don’t be surprised if Mccarthy is the first person cast if Feig takes the job.
Scarlett Johansson: When it comes to blockbusters you need a proven box office commodity—Johansson brings that. She is apart of Marvel’s multi-billion dollar Cinematic Universe and just laid the smackdown on Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” with the $43 million domestic debut of “Lucy.” Johansson’s box office draw and acting ranged displayed in projects like “Under the Skin” and “Her,” puts her on top of any studio’s wish list.
Lizzy Caplan: In the ten years since her role in “Mean Girls”—Caplan has carved out a pretty good career for herself. Currently starring in the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Masters of Sex”—Caplan’s humor echoes “Ghostbusters” star Bill Murray’s. Caplan can bring a familiarity while providing something new—it doesn’t hurt she is starring in Sony Pictures’ “The Interview,” which releases later this year.
Elizabeth Moss: A Golden Globe winner—Moss is one of the most fun actresses to watch on tv with her turn as Peggy on “Mad Men.” Although she may not have dabbled too much on the comedic side of things—she can bring a wide-eyed sensibility to the film that the audience can latch onto and still come off as strong and independent. With her run on “Mad Men” coming to a close, Moss may trade being a secretary for a proton pack.
Rose Byrne: We started this list with a “Bridesmaid” now its only right we finish with one. Byrne is by far one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood. She can be funny as evidenced in “Bridesmaids” and “Neighbors” plus she can delve into the supernatural that is on full display in the “Insidious” films. Two very key elements in the “Ghostbusters” lore and Byrne is the only one this list to be massively successful at both. Again, being that she was in “Bridesmaids” this is another casting that would not surprise anyone if Feig takes on the reboot.
Honorable mentions: Kristin Wiig, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson and Alison Brie.
What do you think of the list? Any actresses left out that you would like to see in a “Ghostbusters” reboot? Let us know in the comments.