There are still a lot of mixed feelings about Jason Reitman’s upcoming continuation of his father’s original Ghostbusters franchise. But if the latest casting announcements are true, it might be a little easier to get on board with the reboot. According to Variety, The Leftovers‘ Carrie Coon and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard have entered negotiations to star in the new film.
The report indicates that Coon and Wolfhard will play a single mother and her son, respectively. Apparently, Reitman was hesitant to cast Wolfhard, given Stranger Things’ similarities and references to Ghostbusters. The show’s most recent season memorably featured him and his young castmates dressed up as the team for Halloween. Despite this, Reitman quickly changed his mind after being “blown away” by the actor’s audition.
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Apart from Stranger Things, Wolfhard appeared as Richie Tozier in 2017’s It. He’ll next be seen in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. He will also lend his voice to new animated versions of Carmen Sandiego and The Addams Family. Additionally, Wolfhard has his own band, Calpurnia, which released its debut EP last year.
Coon was seen as Proxima Midnight (a member of Thanos’ Black Order) in Avengers: Infinity War. She also stars on USA’s The Sinner, and previously earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for her work on FX’s Fargo.
Reitman is directing Ghostbusters from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan. The film will start production this summer and is currently targeting a 2020 release date.
Are you excited to see Wolfhard and Coon in the movie? Do you have any theories about their characters’ connections to the series’ original stars? Give us your impressions in the comment section below!