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The Ghostbusters Van in the tease for Afterlife

The Ghostbusters franchise is a piece of film history, which has been passed down among generations. The titular group of supernatural experts have gone through a few incarnations, including a kids' cartoon and Paul Feig's all-female version from 2016. Next up is Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will star Paul Rudd alongside (most of) the original cast of actors. The film's contents have been largely a mystery, but the first images have just arrived. And they're a doozy.

The overall plot of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently unclear, but it's set up to be a direct sequel to the original pair of movies. It looks like Jason Reitman's upcoming addition to the franchise will have a large cinematic scale. Because the first images from the movie tease some stunning landscapes, as well as Paul Rudd's newcomer Mr. Grooberson. Check them out below.

Well, I'm sold. While these images don't actually contain any ghosts, it looks like Jason Reitman is crafting quite the visual experience for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. And that should make the longtime fans of the franchise very happy.

These first images come to us from Vanity Fair, and features some of the newcomers that will occupy Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The first image shows Paul Rudd's character, hilariously named Mr. Grooberson. He's holding one of the Ghostbusters' signature ghost traps, which are used to contain the spirits they've successfully wrangled. He looks a bit disturbed by the tech, so perhaps she doesn't have a good relationship with ghosts or the stories about the team.

The next image shows the iconic Ecto-1, which has managed to survive the years since it got the guys around in Ghostbusters and its sequel. We see the modified Cadillac driving through a wheat field, teasing some beautiful cinematography for the upcoming sequel. This is already a first or the franchise, as the Ghosbusters movies have historically been set in New York City. So the new movie will have something new to offer, in addition to catching up with the original cast.

Stranger Things and IT actor Finn Wolfhard also has a role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, becoming further synonymous with nostalgic supernatural properties. He's shown in the original images, discovering something in an old barn. Smart money says its the Ecto-1, which may set the movie's turn of events into motion. We may also meet a younger version of Wolfhard's character Trevor, if I'm understanding these first images well enough.

It should be interesting to see how the original actors factor into Ghostbusters: Afterlife's story. With the exception of Rick Moranis, the full cast is set to reprise their roles in the mysterious sequel. That includes Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. But there's also a strong cast of newcomers, including The Leftovers' Carrie Coon and young actress Mckenna Grace.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will hit theaters on July 10th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.