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There is no Dana. There is only Zuul… and, now, there will be whatever new character that Sigourney Weaver plays in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters movie. That’s right. With news about to leak regarding her involvement, Feig took to social media to spoil a cameo he tried to keep under wraps. See for yourself:
That sucks. Seriously, it’s really hard for major Hollywood studios to keep any sort of secrets in the day and age of modern technology. As Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters worked its way through production in Boston, Facebook and Twitter helped "break" the news that original cast members Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray had indeed filmed cameos. Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts have said that they will be back in some form. And now we know that Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana Barrett in both Ghostbusters movies, will have a part in this reboot.
Let’s hope Rick Moranis was at least given the opportunity to return, in some format. If Feig truly is interested in getting the entire band back together, he would be essential to his mission.
Sigourney Weaver’s character in the original Ghostbusters was that of an innocent apartment dweller who happened to live in a building that was a perfect conduit for paranormal activity. She calls on the Ghostbusters for help… and enters a romantic relationship with Bill Murray’s charming ‘buster.
The thing about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, though, is that none of the returning cast members are playing their original characters (at least, from what we have been able to determine). So we aren’t expecting Sigourney Weaver to once again play Dana Barrett. She will likely cameo in a quick scene, a tip of the cap to her contributions to the franchise, as a whole.
Paul Feig’s take on the Ghostbusters series is a gender-reversal that casts four strong and funny women as the primary team. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are playing the new Ghostbusters. Chris Hemsworth plays their secretary. The movie is said to have no narrative connection to the original stories. And yet, Paul Feig is going out of his way to include the founding members of the series. I’m still not sure if that’s a proper tribute, or a distraction. We will know for sure when Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15, 2016.