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The Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters reboot will soon be starting production up in Boston, Massachusetts, but to this point there really haven't been many details revealed about the movie's plot. Well, that changes today, as a new report has spilled the beans not only on what we can expect the story to deliver, but some familiar faces who could be showing up.
The Boston Herald has the scoop on this one, crediting "script spies" with giving them inside info about the new Ghostbusters. According to the source, the movie will begin centered on two characters played by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who work together to pen a book saying that ghosts actually exist among us. Upon its release, the piece doesn't really get any attention - but that changes a few years later. After Wiig's character manages to land a teaching job at Columbia University, her work on the book is discovered and she is "laughed out of academia." It's at this point that she reunites with her former best friend as well as two other would-be Ghostbusters (Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones), and all together they find themselves embarking on a scary, fun adventure.
Sadly, the paper doesn't seem to really have any details about the main antagonist of the film, but they do say that we can expect to see the gruesome, gooey ghost Slimer back on the big screen, who has been a fan-favorite for years largely thanks to the Real Ghostbusters animated television series that aired after the original Ghosbusters movie became a hit. Furthermore, there have been conversations about cameos from Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray - though things are still in negotiations.
Apparently the script is still being tweaked, and there are elements of it that could still change before production starts - but time is running out. Filming is said to start this week in Boston, and there are even plans set to shut down the city's financial district for three nights as the movie films what is described as an "epic ghost invasion of Manhattan" (Boston will be subbing for New York during the shoot).
In addition to Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, it's been reported that Chris Hemsworth is going to be playing the Janine role in the new Ghostbusters, serving as the titular team's receptionist. Strangely enough, he's the only member of the supporting cast who has been officially revealed to this point, so there's every possibility that the next few weeks will feature scattered reports about various actors signing on to the project in various parts (it's hard to imagine this movie happening with just five actors). Filming is expected to last through the summer, and Sony has plans to release the finished cut in theaters July 22, 2016.