‘Ant-Man’ Star Paul Rudd Signs Up For The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Film
Published 28.06.19

Paul Rudd is a bloody gem of a man and I won’t hear anything on the contrary.

I can’t ever imagine him being in a bad mood, and in terms of Hollywood stars he’s exactly the kind you’d want to hang out with and sink a few brewskis. Maybe watch the ‘game’, eat some ‘chips’.

I’m attempting to speak a potential bromance with him into existence if you can’t tell.

Mike Hannigan aka Crap Bag has come a long way since the days of Friends, and who’d have thought he’d be one of the brightest things in the MCU.

His turn as Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame was one of the best parts of the film, with his character Scott Lang bringing some much needed comic relief during times of peril.

And it seems Paul has got a taste for the big franchise films, as he’s joined the cast for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

Announcing the news on Twitter, the official Ghostbusters account shared a video of Rudd, with the caption: “Look who accepted the call.”

Speaking in the clip, Rudd says: “When I heard Jason Reitman was going to be doing a new version in the fall… and when my agents called him and said, ‘Hey Jason, we hear there’s a part of a young… semi-young… strapping man that needs to be cast…’ Who you gonna call?

“When I heard they were going to call me, well, I nearly slimed myself.

“I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters. In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”

In a statement, director Jason Reitman said he was ‘thrilled’ that the star had signed up.

“I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance. Thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe,” he said.

The Twitterati certainly enjoyed the announcement:

According to Variety, the 50-year-old actor will portray a small-town teacher. Details are pretty scarce about what it will be about but I’m betting on there being ghosts who are getting busted.

An insider did tell Variety, however, that the story will be an extension of the original Ghostbusters film and will and focus on a single mom and her family, with Carrie Coon playing the mom and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things playing her son. It’s unknown how exactly it connects to the original Ghostbusters series, although Sigourney Weaver is also rumoured to return as Dana Barrett.

Which is great news for pervs like me who, as a youngster, got dangerously – and somewhat bizarrely – aroused by this iconic scene:

Furthermore, Dan Aykroyd, who starred in the original, hinted in 2018 that he might be making an appearance too.

“I think we have a story that’s going to work and it’s being written right now by really good filmmakers,” he said on The Big Interview With Dan Rather.

“I can’t say their names. They’re a good team and they are making an effort to bring back all the emotion and spirit of the first two movies and then take it into the 21st century with a vernacular that’s needed today to get it across.”

And there’s even hope that Bill Murray will return, with Aykroyd adding: “The story is so good, he’ll come, even if he plays a ghost.”

Like many others, I rolled my eyes at the news of another Ghostbusters film. The latest attempt at a reboot was pretty naff, while the original is wildly overrated.

But Paul Rudd can make anything watchable.

Man I wish I was his friend.

Images via Twitter