Ghostbusters fans rejoiced earlier in August when it was announced that Bill Murray, after years of saying no to appearing in a new Ghostbusters movie, will indeed be making a cameo in Paul Feig’s new film. Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters film is under way, with a power house comedy cast including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. And now with Murray officially on board to make an appearance, fans of the original can rest easy.
Murray divulged to Vulture his reasons for changing his mind and choosing to be in the film: “I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].” And in regards to not being initially interested in the project: ““That’s true, I wasn’t,” he said. “I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”
And with the cameo news comes rumors that Murray will actually not be playing Peter Venkman. According to Showbiz 411, he will be playing a naysayer trying to debunk the Ghostbusters team (possibly similar to the memorable Environmental Protection Agency agent Walter Peck from the original). But of course we won’t truly know until the film’s epic release on July 15 next summer.