It had previously been announced that we would be seeing most of the original cast of Ghostbusters return for Jason Reitman’s forthcoming sequel, but it was never fully confirmed as a sure thing, until now. In what is going to be a fantastic surprise for fans of the property, Bill Murray will indeed be back as Peter Venkman.
Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican was invited for a set visit of Ghostbusters: Afterlife last September to interview the comedy legend to discuss his role in the film. Murray didn’t go into details about how his cynical ghost buster would be reintroduced, but he was able to share his thoughts on the storyline of the movie.
“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” Murray said, confirming for the first time that the passing of Harold Ramis did, in fact, have a great influence the screenplay. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written. The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”
That endorsement no doubt will mean a lot to fans who were taken aback by Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters back in 2016. Fans of the franchise have been hoping that this installment will be a worthy follow-up to the original two films. We’ll find out if that comes to fruition when Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens on July 10, 2020.