Jason Reitman, the director of the upcoming Ghostbusters 2020, is having one of his lifelong wishes granted: Paul Rudd is in final negotiations to join the film. Reitman, whose father directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, told Variety that he has wanted to work with Rudd for years: “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.”
According to Variety, Rudd will play a teacher in Ghostbusters 2020.
Rudd will join a cast that already includes returners Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, who are reprising their roles from the earlier films. Also confirmed are newcomers McKenna Grace (I, Tonya, Captain Marvel), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), and Carrie Coon (Avengers: Infinity War, Gone Girl). Bill Murray is rumored to be reprising his role as Peter Venkman, and Annie Potts is rumored to return as Janine Melnitz.
Ivan Reitman will produce the new film, which is set to be an extension of the universe established in the first two Ghostbusters film, although it will focus on new characters. We know that Ghostbusters 2020 (which is a placeholder title, and probably not what it will actually be called) will turn its focus to a single mother and her family, played by Coon and Wolfhard. Outside of this very basic rundown, details on the film are scarce. How it will connect to the original films – or how Rudd will factor into that story – are unknown at the point in time.
Paul Rudd is fresh off a surprisingly large role in Avengers: Endgame, and he also has a series headed to Netflix, entitled Living With Yourself.
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