Here's an unfun fact: had the world not been plagued by a pandemic for the past 16 months, we would have celebrated the one year anniversary of Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife three weeks ago. The decades-later sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies was originally scheduled to hit theaters on July 10, 2020, and while there was a time when the film was put on the schedule for March and then June of 2021, we are now waiting for its arrival this November. Fans' patience for the movie has been certainly been tested, but this morning Sony Pictures has fed that particular appetite a nice appetizer in the form of the brand new trailer above. And it features the return of beloved original stars.
It was all the way back in December 2019 that we first got a look at the new sequel, providing a nice tease of what to expect from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and since then all we have seen is the surprise clip starring the Mini-Pufts. There has been ever-building anticipation for the new movie, and this new preview does a nice job both addressing some questions and introducing new ones.
In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard play Callie, Phoebe, and Trevor – a single mother and her two children who find themselves evicted from their home. With no other choice, they go to the Oklahoma house that was left to the family by the kids' grandfather, Dr. Egon Spengler. and try to start their lives anew. This would be challenging for anybody, but making things even harder is the fact that the town has been plagued by frequent earthquakes (despite not being anywhere near a fault line), and strange events have been reported tied back to an old mine previously owned by an alleged occultist. Phoebe winds up solving a puzzle that gives her access to all of her grandfather's old equipment, and the family together teams up to try and stop a dangerous supernatural foe.
The new sequel, which comes on the heels of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters in 2016, is bringing back original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett, and Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz. The supporting cast of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife also includes Paul Rudd, Bokeem Woodbine, and Tracy Letts.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Thursday, November 11 – the weekend between the releases of Chloe Zhao's Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster Eternals (November 5) and Joseph Kosinski's Tom Cruise-starring Top Gun: Maverick (November 19) – and you can check out our 2021 Movie Release Calendar to discover all of the big titles that are set to come out between now and the end of the year.