12-year-old actress Mckenna Grace is going from the MCU to the world of Ghostbusters. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the young actress is in talks for a starring role in Sony Pictures’ upcoming Ghostbusters 3. Grace is no stranger to the world of the paranormal either, having previously appeared in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House as a young Theo.
Grace joins a cast that includes Stranger Things and IT star Finn Wolfhard and acclaimed actress Carrie Coon (Fargo, Avengers: Infinity War, Gone Girl). How this single mom and her two kis will connect to the original Ghostbusters films is being kept under wraps.
When we interviewed Wolfhard last month and asked him about the fan speculation regarding him doing Ghostbusters 3 he remained mute on the subject, which led us to believe he might have been in discussions. In fact, the trade mentions that director Jason Reitman was wary of using anyone from Stranger Things given how similar the two projects already were, but was reportedly blown away by Wolfhard’s audition. The 16 year-old Canadian actor, who will next be seen in Stranger Things Season 3 and IT: Chapter 2, wore a Ghostbusters outfit during a Halloween episode of the second season of Stranger Things.
Jason Reitman will direct the upcoming Ghostbusters threequel, taking up the mantle from his father Ivan Reitman who directed the original Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989). Jason also had a memorable cameo in the second film. Reitman will be co-writing the script with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist),
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While it is currently unknown who of the surviving core Ghostbusters cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis) will return, it has been reported that Reitman is looking to cast four teen actors (two boys and two girls) in lead roles to tackle supernatural baddies.
The new Ghostbusters will drop in theaters on July 10, 2020.
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