As the cast slowly comes together for Jason Reitman‘s new “Ghostbusters” outing, it’s clearly going to be a mix of old and young. While reports have the original scientists/specter hunters played by Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray poised to participate in some way, Reitman’s focus has been on a new generation of leads. Specifically, young kids. Today, we now know his star will be.
In an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, it is revealed that Reitman has cast McKenna Grace to star in his “Ghostbusters” sequel. Having penned the script in secret with Gil Kenan, Reitman is directing this follow up to the original two installments of the beloved franchise. Grace, fresh off of “Captain Marvel,” joins Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard as already announced members of the cast. We should hear about the returning players soon.
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Who is director Jason Reitman gonna call for his Ghostbustersmovie?
The answer is Mckenna Grace, the 12-year-old actress currently on screen as young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.
Grace has nabbed a starring role in the new supernatural adventure movie from Sony that is serving as a sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies made in the 1980s by Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman’s father.
The story, by Reitman and Gil Kenan, centers on four teens, one set older, one set younger, with a focus on one family in particular.
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and The Leftovers’ Carrie Coon are already cast.
Grace has been described as the ostensible lead, with Wolfhard playing her brother and Coon her single mother.
Plot details are being kept underneath a Manhattan firehouse.
The project, which has been operating under the code name Rust City, is due to go before cameras this summer and is dated for a July 10, 2020 release. Ivan Reitman is producing.
Grace impressed in “Gifted” a few years back, and also was recently seen in “I, Tonya.” Hot on the heels of “Captain Marvel,” this will be her biggest showcase yet. Look for this “Ghostbusters” next July.