Chris Hemsworth Is the Male Janine Melnitz in ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot
In the beginning of 2015, news came that Paul Feig's female-led Ghostbusters would star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and SNL's Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Last night (June 10), Feig tweeted the latest bit of genius casting news: Chris Hemsworth will play their receptionist.
Variety reports that the Thor star initially passed on one of the film's leading male roles because it was too small, so sources say "the part was beefed up." Given oft-bemoaned lack of meaty roles for female actresses in Hollywood, that's pretty rich, but it's great to hear he's on board.
Chris has some big shoes to fill. Annie Potts' original receptionist character, the eye-rolling spitfire Janine Melnitz, got the best lines. She was also something of a style icon. Check out those glasses.
Given the financial risk that comes with a big-budget "original" movies, studios have been leaning especially hard on remakes and reboots these days. At PopCrush, our reaction to announced plans to dredge up The Craft, Sister Act and Fantasia have been "NO!," "Why?" and "Huh," respectively. But the female Ghostbusters film is a bit more exciting, partly due to the hilariously perfect casting announcements, and also because Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have a great track record with Bridesmaids, Spy and (to a lesser extent) The Heat. Hopefully, this re-imagined version will bring a new vibe and some new ideas to the table.
That said, we really want to hear Hemsworth yell, "We got oooooone!"
Ghostbusters is set to start production later this summer, and the movie's currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.