More than two decades have passed now since we’ve seen a Ghostbusters movie. It’s been the same amount of time that we’ve been promised a third entry in the franchise as well. Leading the charge to make this a reality is actor Dan Aykroyd who played one of his more famous roles in the sci-fi comedies as Ray Stantz.
With talk of a sequel for any long-loved franchise, there must always be the question on whether or not to bring back original cast members into the fold. In this particular case, Bill Murray has been the sticking the point. Aykroyd has seen the most difficulty making Ghostbusters 3 through simply bringing back the man who made Peter Venkman everyone’s favorite smart-alecky scientist.
Despite many years of teasing and potential deals being made behind the scenes, Murray eventually made it clear that he has no intention to be a part of any new Ghostbusters film. Even a recent story that broke out earlier this week that claimed he changed his mind has been proven to be a hoax. So with that, we can finally put the rumors and allegations to rest (I hope) and get to the real question that should be asked. Who should play as the modern day ‘busters?
So far from what we know, Ghostbusters 3 is meant to “pass the torch” to a new group. Aykroyd along with Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson are, admittedly, getting a bit long in the teeth (and round in the belly) to carry a whole movie by themselves. This is especially the case with a franchise that has great potential to draw in big crowds.
For the sake of the argument, I’m looking to fill in similar roles as opposed to having new actors play the same characters. These would be original characters who can fit within the archetypes set by the older cast. I also picked out actors who have experience in comedies so we at least know they can be funny. Got it? Good!
“Ray Stantz” – Scientific but child-like and excitable, Heart of the team
Notable Comedy: Knocked Up
The moment I started thinking of a new Ghostbusters team, Rogen was the first person to come to mind. Whether you like him or not, there’s no denying he’s one of the more talented and successful young comedians today. His sense of humor can work well too as long as the profane jokes and “gross-out” gags are dialed way back.
“Peter Venkman” – Sarcastic and witty, Smartass of the team
Notable Comedy: The Hangover
It came down to either him or Ryan Reynolds. In the end, I had to give it to the overall better actor. “Coop” would be a very compatible fit both for his comedic style and charm. Every ragtag team needs a joker and this is the man who would be up for the challenge. I could also see him being more believable in terms of wooing over the ladies while still pulling his own weight in the ghostbusting business.
“Egon Spengler” – Serious scientific type, Brain of the team
Notable Comedy: Zombieland
Who else but the man who portrayed social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg? Not only that, we know Eisenberg is a Ghostbusters fan from seeing Zombieland. His voice and manner of speaking is also perfect for being the member of the group who likes to spout techno-babble in hilarious fashion. Considering he’s on the younger end compared to the rest of the actors, his character could simply be portrayed as the “boy genius” type.
“Winston Zeddemore” – Blue-collared with a practical viewpoint, Straight man of the team
Notable Comedy: Hot Tub Time Machine
If anyone has to fill in the “token black Ghostbuster” role then it may as well be this guy. His line delivery and comedic range is exactly what a movie like this requires. Being the only non-scientist also brings opportunity to make Robinson’s character the voice of reason and highly relatable to the audience. Admit it, you would want to hear him say this line (minus the obvious TV censor).
“Janine Melnitz” – Sassy and smart-mouthed, Secretary
Notable Comedy: Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Just to go an extra step forward, we have a choice here for the secretary role. Although certainly no Janine, anyone who has paid attention to Kendrick lately knows she can talk your ear off if she’s ever crossed the wrong way. She’s very talented as well which leads me to believe she could put her own spin on this type of character that would be just as memorable as Annie Potts’ performance.
Be sure to let us know if you agree with these choices or if you have better ones of your own in the comments section below!