Today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that veteran actor Bill Murray will appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Murray was of course one of the stars from the original 1980 Ghostbusters films, playing as Dr. Peter Venkman in the original 1984 iteration as well as in the 1989 sequel.
The seasoned performer will reprise his role in director Paul Feig’s new version, appearing alongside the female cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
It’s unclear how Murray will be portrayed on screen and how much air-time his character will have. Perhaps he’ll play a withered Dr. Venkman, retired from Ghostbusting decades ago,who begrudgingly gets roped into the storyline as a mentor and crucial element of saving the city. Or maybe he’ll be shown for less than 5 minutes, serving only as a simple nod to fans of the original franchise before the movie moves on. Paul Feig has proven himself as a director with some pretty great comedic chops and an understanding of well-designed stories, so hopefully Murray’s cameo isn’t squandered here.
However, Murray has been very adamant about not starring in a third Ghostbusters movie in the past, explaining to David Letterman earlier this year that it’s due to Ghostbusters II ‘not being as well-received as the first one.’ This could mean one of two things, generally speaking: Either Murray has since gone back on his word and decided that putting a potential blemish on such a cult-classic movie like Ghostbusters is worth some extra money, or he truly believes in this new adaptation. I’m going to go ahead and hope it’s the second one.
Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters‘ opens in theaters July 22, 2016.