Dan Aykroyd endorses new Ghostbusters cast

Dan Aykroyd, a star of the original franchise, has endorsed the new Ghostbusters cast.

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Aykroyd made his remarks to The Hollywood Reporter. “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.

“My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

Bill Murray has previously come out in favor of a women-led Ghostbusters film.

“I would go to that movie,” Murray told the press last October at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Murray expanded on his comments with Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz.

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“It sounds great to me,” Murray said last year. “It sounds as good an idea as any other! There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapor! No, it’s a grande idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea, I would watch it! I mean, I love Robert Palmer’s videos, so why wouldn’t I love the female Ghostbusters?”

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Not everyone completely agrees with both Aykroyd and Murray. Ernie Hudson, their co-star in the initial series, isn’t a fan of a female-led team.

“If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?” Hudson told The Telegraph. “I love females. I hope that if they go that way, at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female, I think, would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.

“Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!”

UPDATE: Hudson has since changed his attitude towards the reboot, telling The Hollywood Reporter: , “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”

Since the cast was announced yesterday, a release date of the film has been set for July 22, 2016 with production commencing this summer.

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Paul Feig is directing the film, co-written by himself and The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold. The rebooted Ghostbusters will star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Do you think any of the original cast should have a cameo even if they aren’t exactly reprising their roles?