Chris Hemsworth has been tapped to join Paul Feig’s highly-buzzed about female-led GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Though currently untitled, the project is set to re-launch the iconic Ghostbusters series with an all-new, all-female cast.
Hemsworth will play the team’s receptionist, starring alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who make up the female-driven ‘busters.’ Feig will direct, based off a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold. Ivan Reitman will produce Sony’s action-comedy, which will re-ignite the long-dormant franchise and serve as the per-cursor to a new series Ghostbusters films and spin-offs.
Production is set to begin later this summer, with a tentatively scheduled release date of July 22, 2016.
The role marks a departure for Hemsworth, who has in recent years become Hollywood’s go-to leading man. Sources claim that Hemsworth initially passed, but accepted once the role was re-written to play a larger part in the story. The Australian actor is said to be expanding is repertoire, branching out for more roles in comedies, beginning with his turn in this summer’s Vacation reboot, which opens on July 29.
Hemsworth can currently be seen reprising his role as the god of thunder in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which bowed in May. He’ll next appear in Ron Howard’s forthcoming epic In the Heart of the Sea, and return for Universal’s Snow White & The Huntsman sequel/prequel, The Huntsman, which is currently shooting.
The news was first released via Feig’s personal twitter account.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor