Six years ago, in an interview for the promotion of City of Ember, Bill Murray stated that he thought "it'd be funny to have a girl Ghostbuster." That got some of us wondering which actresses might look good with a proton pack strapped to their back. At a site that doesn't exist anymore, I considered an entire gender-swapped remake of the original movie. Cast as the female equivalents of Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, I chose Elizabeth Banks, Anna Faris, Tina Fey and Niecy Nash, respectively.
Back then I was going for women I felt were direct matches for Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. I can't actually imagine that ensemble meshing well and having the kind of chemistry needed for such a movie. At least someone else agreed Faris alone was good to Ghostbust, though, as she wound up the focus of a well-circulated but ultimatley unfounded rumor for Ghostbusters 3 in 2010. And she's still one of my top choices for a role now that Sony is potentially moving ahead with the sequel as an all-female reboot.
Because Paul Feig is involved, and because the gender focus is his idea, many presume that he'd cast some of the women from his movie Bridesmaids, particularly Melissa McCarthy, who also starred in his follow-up The Heat. Could we see a Ghostbusters uniform on Kristen Wiig? Rose Byrne? How about Nash's Reno 911 costar Wendy McLendon-Covey? If we're sticking to Feig's past collaborators, though, I could actually see The Heat's Sandra Bullock in the lead.
Or how about some of the TV funny ladies he's directed, such as Mindy Kaling, Alia Shawkat or Linda Carellini? Sure, the last one has fought ghosts already in the Scooby-Doo movies, but we need more actresses from Freaks and Geeks to be stars already. One whose personality I don't think would work is Amy Poehler. But I have no good reason. This isn't a remake, so really the casting is wide open for the creation of new characters of any type. I could even see Jessica Walter, who Feig worked with on Arrested Development and the movie Unaccompanied Minors, as a Ghostbuster.
Actually, some of those who've responded to our poll on Twitter have named older possibilities, such as Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon. I figure the studio would rather go with younger and cheaper actresses who are better known for comedy, but they shouldn't shut out anyone as amazing as those women, if for some reason they were interested.
What actresses would you cast as the all-women Ghostbusters?
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