Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie has already done a good amount of gender swapping, replacing the all-male group with four brand new female characters, but the director evidently isn't stopping there. For while the original Ghostbusters had a female receptionist in Annie Potts' Janine Melnitz, the new film will have none other than Chris Hemsworth manning the phones.
Director Paul Feig himself made the announcement today via his personal Twitter account, and he did so in as subtle a way as he possibly could. You can check out the big news embedded below:
Chris Hemsworth is joining a cast that already includes a number of very talented performers, including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Obviously at this point we really don't know much about the role he will be playing, but am I the only one who kind of hopes that he gets the opportunity to recreate this special moment?
Hemsworth has become best known for his performances in the action and dramatic genres, most notably in titles like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Rush, and Snow White and the Huntsman, but he has actually tried to expand his range a bit recently. Later this summer he will be making his feature comedy debut with a role in John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein's Vacation, and there he will be playing the husband of the new Audrey Griswold (who is being played by Leslie Mann). It's not expected that he will have a large part to play in that movie, though he is *ah-hem* prominently featured in the film's trailer.
The new Ghostbusters is going to be filming this summer, presumably working around Chris Hemsworth's schedule for The Huntsman (which is currently in production). As a result, it's possible that the next few weeks will feature more little casting announcements like this as the supporting cast is lined up. As always, be sure to stay tuned for more updates!
Ghostbusters is currently on track to be released in theaters on July 22, 2016, while you can catch Chris Hemsworth working for laughs in Vacation when it hits cinemas on July 29th.