Ghostbusters Adds SNL Writer Neil Casey as Lead Villain

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Ghostbusters has called on the “Other Space” star

Following the reveal yesterday that four more had joined the cast of Ghostbusters, Deadline brings word today that former “Saturday Night Live” writer Neil Casey has been cast as the lead villain of the film. Casey can also be seen in the Paul Feig-created Yahoo! series Other Space. Details on his character are being kept under wraps for the time being, but given the franchise’s history, it’s likely he’ll have something supernatural up his sleeve.

Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones will star as the four ‘busters in the film with Chris Hemsworth as their trusty secretary. The film will also co-star Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as a character named “Hawkins,” with Matt Walsh as a character named “Rourke,” and New York City’s NY1 news anchor Pat Kiernan as — you guessed it — a news anchor.

“I’m having a lot of fun playing with genres,” Feig told ComingSoon.net of the new film earlier this year, “…I love the original film, but I also just love the idea of busting ghosts and kind of paranormal warriors. I thought, ‘You know, if I could do this with the funny women I know and kind of just do a new origin story…’ I’m more interested in what would happen today. You know, you see things on TV about ghosts, but none of it’s real. What if, suddenly, something started happening? What happens when that just begins to happen to people? Also, how do they develop their technology? It’s not as fun if they’re just handed their proton packs. It’s why it’s not as fun to do a sequel. The fun is getting there.”

Directed by Paul Feig from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters is currently filming in New York City with plans for additional photography in Boston. The film is targeting a July 22, 2016 release.

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