If your childhood was dominated by Ghostbusters as much as ours, you’ve probably been waiting just as (im)patiently as we have for a first real look at the new film. Well, the wait is over. After a teaser was shared in January, Sony have finally dropped the first full-trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, set for release in summer 2020.
It’s fair to say that Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot of Ghostbusters split the crowd somewhat… which is why you may be pleased to find out that the latest bustin’ instalment is indeed a sequel and will take place in the same universe as the two OG films. Not only that, original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will be reprising their roles alongside Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver – though, none are in the new trailer.
Set in small-town America rather than the Big Apple, there’s some additions to the cast for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Fargo’s Carrie Coon playing a single mum, while McKenna Grace plays her daughter and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame plays her son. There’s even room for Ant-Man himself Paul Rudd, who plays Mr. Grooberson, a science teacher that befriends the two kids.
Plot-wise, the trailer does also give away some strong hints, namely the aforementioned family’s strong connection to the original ghostbusters – there’s even room for Bill Murray’s “I believe everything happens for a reason” speech from GB1. The film is also co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, so we’re hoping it’s tonally more faithful that the 2016 attempt…
It must be said that the trailer is absolutely sensational and seems to confirm that the new film will tap into the now much tried-and-tested ‘youth in small-town US trend’ we’ve seen in recent years in the likes of Stranger Things and Super 8. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled to debut in cinemas on 10 July 2020. Let us know what you think!