For those curious about the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot, information has been easy to find on social media the past few months.
Director Paul Feig, of “Bridesmaids” and “Spy” fame, has been sharing photos and information on what fans can expect when “Ghostbusters” premieres in theaters this summer, and the recent trailer revealed a lot more. In fact, for some fans, the character played by Leslie Jones wasn’t “more” enough.
Here’s what has been revealed:
1. The cast and characters
Feig revealed the characters’ names after fans asked on Twitter. The new names are in no way reminiscent of Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler from the original.
So who you gonna call this time? The Ghostbusters are Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
2. About Patty …
There was some controversy on Twitter about Patty, Jones’ character. She’s the only non-scientist in the group, and she’s played by the only African-American among the four stars. Some people on social media weren’t happy about that.
“The new #Ghostbusters tells girls they too can be scientists, unless they’re black, then they can be the streetwise friend of scientists,” wrote Keith Lowell Jensen.
Jones herself responded to the criticism and wasn’t having any of it.
“Why can’t a regular person be a ghostbuster,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “Regular People save the world everyday so if I’m the sterotype!! Then so be it!! … ITS NOT A MAN, WOMAN, RACE, CLASS THANG!! ITS A GHOSTBUSTER THANG!! AND AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED WE ALL GHOSTBUSTERS!! STAND TALL!!”
Other actors in the movie include Chris Hemsworth (Kevin), in the secretary role originally played by Annie Potts, and Andy Garcia.
3. The new Ghostbuster uniforms are reminiscent of the original.
Not only do we know that the all-female cast will don similar uniforms to those worn in the original 1984 film, we know that proton packs are still their weapon of choice.
4. Ecto-1 is back!
Feig shared shots of Ecto-1, the famous car used to get the Ghostbusters from one spooky scene to the next. In the trailer, we once again see that it was converted from a hearse supplied by Patty (see below).
5. How they’re busting ghosts
And yes, for those who love to cosplay as Ghostbusters (and there are plenty of you out there), there’s lots of information on how to create your own in time for the movie.
In fact, we got an even more in-depth look at the proton packs and the science behind them in a new video.
Now you won’t be afraid of no ghosts!
6. It’s definitely a reboot, not a sequel.
Some were confused when the trailer began with “30 years ago,” but that was only a reference to the movie, not the story.
On the eve of the trailer’s debut, Feig confirmed once again that the movie is a reboot, not a story set 30 years after the original films.
“I didn’t like, personally, the idea of them being handed technology, ‘here’s how to do this.’ I wanted to see it develop,” he said at a fan event Wednesday.
We’ll find out for ourselves how it measures up to the originals when it hits theaters July 22.