The never-ageing Paul Rudd has been officially announced as joining the cast for Jason Reitman’s upcoming ‘Ghostbusters 2020’.
The official announcement came via Sony Pictures official social media accounts with a little video of Rudd standing outside Ghostbusters HQ announcing he had answered the call from Reitman. It is thought that Rudd will be playing the role of a Teacher.
Carrie Coon is also in talks for the project along with ‘Stranger Things’ star Finn Wolfhard and ‘Gifted’ star Mckenna Grace.
Reitman will be following in his Father’s footsteps, Ivan, who directed the first two films in the franchise back in 1984 and 1989. The next instalment is said to be a continuation of the 1984 film and in no way connected to its all-female 2016 reboot.
“I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ at Sundance. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe,” said Jason Reitman.
The story is rumoured to be an extension of the original ‘Ghostbusters’ and focus on a single mom and her family, with Coon playing the mom and Wolfhard playing her son. It’s unknown how exactly it connects to the original Ghostbusters series. Sigourney Weaver is also rumoured to return as Dana Barrett.
Sony has always been big fans of the franchise and was looking for ways to bring the original back to life. The even went covert in closing a deal with Reitman with a fake title of Rust City just to keep the news out of the press until the time was right.
Reitman has co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020.