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Since we first found out about director Paul Feig’s impending female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot, one of the big questions being bandied about is whether or not the old guard will be back in some capacity. Dan Aykroyd has said many times that he’s down, and it appears that he’s going to have a cameo, and we may have learned the details.
Just a heads up, there are SPOILERS beyond this point. You’ve been warned.
According to Indie Revolver’s source, who claims to have seen this scene filming last night, Aykroyd has a small cameo, emphasis on small, as a cab driver. Kristen Wiig’s character tries to hail Aykroyd’s cab and, for some reason that still remains unclear, he utters the famous line, "I ain’t afraid of no ghosts." He then reportedly drives away as Wiig yells something to the effect of, "That’s a double negative! That means you are afraid of ghosts!"
Aykroyd also hit social media to let the world know that he's filming his part in Ghostbusters.
Maybe there’s more to this part that what we heard, maybe there’s not, but either way, that’s just kind of depressing. Let’s hope it turns out better than this sounds, or that this report it totally bogus, or that this winds up on the cutting room floor. It’d be weak on its own, let alone shoehorning Aykroyd into the picture like this.
Actually, I can think of one way having Dan Aykroyd cameo as a cabbie in Ghostbusters might be super rad, and that is if he looks like this guy from the original. That I could get behind, but otherwise, this just seems like a very bad idea.
The story, as we understand it, revolves around Kristen Wiig’s character. She teams up with Melissa McCarthy’s character to write a book about how ghosts are real and live among us. No one really pays attention until she gets a job at Columbia University where, when her earlier work surfaces, she gets laughed out of the academic setting. She then teams up with McCarthy, as well as Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, to get down to some serious paranormal investigating.
The supporting cast is shaping up nicely, with Chris Hemsworth playing their secretary, stepping into Annie Potts’ considerable shoes, and Michael Kenneth Williams, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, and Matt Walsh all joining in on the fun recently. Comedy writer Neil Casey also just signed on to play the villain, Rowan, though that’s all we know about the baddie.
Ghostbusters is currently filming around Boston and is scheduled for release July 22, 2016.