Love it or unnecessarily loathe it, the Ghostbusters reboot will finally be with us next year. We already know that the new ghost-hunting quartet will consist of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, but it's now been alleged that the supporting cast will be boosted by the addition of Charles Dance. Which probably means that he’s going to pop up as a villain. Because that’s kind of Charles Dance’s speciality.
Information regarding Charles Dance’s potential Ghostbusters reboot role is still at a premium, but the English actor, who is primarily known to audiences as Tywin Lannister in Game Of Thrones, has, according to Inverse’s Sony sources, signed up to star in the comedy.
They refused to reveal any further inkling about what Charles Dance will get up to in the film, though. And while his villainous ways in Last Action Hero and, rather magnificently, in Game Of Thrones would lead you to think that director and co-writer Paul Feig would be foolish not to make Dance a leading antagonist in his reboot, the casting for the film so far means that his role could be anything. I mean, let’s not forget that Chris Hemsworth has signed up to play Kevin, the Ghostbusters’ receptionist.
Charles Dance’s villainous ways have been roundly praised. But he could just as easily portray a scholarly figure who assists the Ghostbusters in their quest and backs up their theories, too. It’s that strong, stoic, English accent, you see. It can be molded to suit anything.
As well as Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth, who with his cameo in Vacation proved that he has comedic chops to match his hammer-wielding antics, the Ghostbusters supporting cast also includes Andy Garcia, Elizabeth Perkins, Cecily Strong, Michael K. Williams, and Matt Walsh, and, rather excitingly, cameos are expected from Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, and Annie Potts. (But not Rick Moranis, sadly.) They’ll each play second fiddle to the new leading Ghostbusters foursome though, while the lead antagonist will come in the shape of Neil Casey, an unknown acting commodity whose work as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer and Saturday Night Live suggests he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to comedy.
Clearly, Paul Feig is looking to replicate the innate and infectious camaraderie of the original Ghostbusters with his reboot, as the five main actors in the film each have an extensive history together from their time on Saturday Night Live. Unfortunately, despite the fact that this seems like a rather clever decision from Feig, whose impressive CV as a comedy director includes Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy, which proves that he kind of knows what he’s doing, fans have been quick to dismiss the reboot. First and foremost, they have taken umbrage with the fact that it’s a reboot and not a sequel, while others have been quick to criticize it because the new quartet are all women. Those who have done the latter are simply morons.
All of which is especially ridiculous since we’ve not even been privy to clips from Ghostbusters yet. That probably won’t be the case for much longer though, because it’s July 15, 2016, release date is closing in fast, and people are getting antsy for it.