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Little by little, Sony is helping familiarize us with the cast of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters. Not the actresses. We’re all pretty familiar with their talents. The actual characters they will be playing, though, remain a mystery – and probably will stay that way until we see an official trailer for Ghostbusters some time next year.
But after sharing the above shot of the four women in action, Paul Feig and Sony today dropped character posters for each of the female Ghostbusters, while the director chimed in with a few words of wisdom about the type of character they will be. These are going to be the first people to ever wear the proton packs outside of the original ‘Busters, the beloved Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. What are we learning about them through these posters? Let’s break it down.
Jillian HoltzmannTime magazine hosts the first character poster for Jillian, played by SNL wild woman Kate McKinnon. Hers is the character I’m most interested in figuring out, mainly because she LOOKS like a wild card in this whole equation. In describing her, Paul Feig says she is a "nuclear engineer, munitions expert, [and] proton wrangler." And look at those sweet goggles she is rocking!
Erin GilbertEW gets the facial profile of the next new Ghostbuster. Kristen Wiig will play Erin Gilbert in the franchise retooling, and we think she is the co-leader of the team (at the very least, the co-founder). Feig uses the terms "particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior" when talking about her traits. And since Wiig is playing her, we’re going out on a limb to assume she’s funny, as well.
Patty TolanLeslie Jones’ poster, shared courtesy of InStyle, has the most attitude – which probably reflects the boisterous and brash performer hired to play her. Paul Feig describes Patty as "ghost tracker, municipal historian, metaphysical commando," and I like how the phrases the director has chosen use active words to who how intelligent, curious and brave his four ‘Busters will be. Also, Patty wears a necklace with her own name on it, with a charm that looks like you’d grab it at a flea market. I know I’m going to like her.
Abby YatesThere’s no description from Paul Feig in the accompanying People Magazine article that gives us this look at Melissa McCarthy’s determined Yates. A mistake? Or an attempt by the storyteller to hide his team leader in a shroud of mystery? From what we have been able to pick up, McCarthy and Wiig are colleagues who once co-authored a book on the supernatural, prompting them to start the Ghostbusters franchise when the scientific community blackballs them. Or maybe that ISN’T the plot. We’ll know more when the first trailer finally arrives. For now, what do you think of the posters? Which one is your favorite?