Ernie Hudson played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 original, a sceptical everyman character who joins the Ghostbusters for the paycheck, as opposed to the ‘paranormal researchers’ played by Aykroyd, Murray and the late Harold Ramis.
It’s not known if Hudson will reprise the role of Winston, but both Aykroyd and Murrays’ cameos are known to be new characters, so it’s unlikely.
It’s welcome news, as Hudson is a vital but often overlooked and underestimated part of the original. However, he has not always been so keen on the idea of the female reboot. “I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies,” he told the Daily Telegraph last year. “If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?
“I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”
However, he soon changed his mind, saying in January: “”Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”