Former Ghostbuster and current peak of humanity Bill Murray has revealed his thoughts on who should lead Ghostbusters 3. And when Bill Murray talks, you should probably listen.
The third Ghostbusters film is reportedly being directed by Bridesmaid’s Paul Feig and will feature women in the lead roles. Murray, who played Dr Peter Venkman in the original 1984 and 1989 films, has previously stated that he will not return to the franchise, but that doesn’t stop him from having a dream cast of ladies to replace him – including his co-star in new film St Vincent, Melissa McCarthy.
“I’m fine with [a female-led Ghostbusters 3],” he said. “I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too.”
“Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny – God, she’s funny!” he told the Star during the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. “I like this girl Linda Cardellini [from Mad Men] a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”
Good choices, eh? McCarthy and Wiig feel like no-brainers, with both being favourites of Feig. Emma Stone, too, is marvellous in comedies such Easy A, Superbad and Zombieland. Cardellini feels more like the odd one out, but every comic group needs someone playing straight to bounce off. Plus, she was in Feig’s Freaks and Geeks.
Still, there are many other actresses that Murray could have cited. Here are five suggestions of our own..
The 30 Rock and Mean Girls actress / writer is an absolute titan of comedy. She’s the sort of name that, if confirmed first, could make other big stars follow.
Fey’s Golden Globes co-host and star of Parks & Recreation would certainly suit Ghostbusters’ sense of strange, off-beat comedy.
Sandra Bullock really does not get the praise she deserves. As well as being able to lead deadly reverent Gravity last year, she also bounced off Melissa McCarthy magnificently in Feig’s buddy-cop comedy The Heat.
Olivia Wilde desperately needs to be given a role that shows off just how damn funny she is. A part in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone didn’t, but a little-known indie film called Drinking Buddies – in which Wilde plays a wonderfully charming owner of a brewery secretly in love with her best friend – did.
Wilde’s Drinking Buddies co-star Anna Kendrick is not as old or established as most of the women on this list, but leading a huge success such as Pitch Perfect proves that she would be more than capable of filling in a younger, more optimistic role in the Ghostbusting four.