Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire promo image features the original Ghostbusters and Janine

Original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts are featured in a Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire promo image

The Ghostbusters: Afterlife (watch it HERE) sequel Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (which, of course, also serves as a sequel to the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II) is set to reach theatres on March 22nd, and the film gets the cover story in the latest issue of Empire magazine. In fact, there are two different covers to choose from! One cover features the returning Ghostbusters: Afterlife characters of Gary Grooberson and the Spengler family: Phoebe, Trevor, and Callie (played by Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Carrie Coon). The other features original Ghostbusters Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore, played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. They’re joined by Annie Potts as their receptionist Janine Melnitz – but Janine is also suited up as a Ghostbuster this time around! You can take a look at the covers at the bottom of this article.

As mentioned, Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace are back for the sequel, reprising the roles of Trevor and Phoebe. They’re joined in the cast by Carrie Coon, playing Trevor and Phoebe’s mom Callie; Paul Rudd, back as his Afterlife character Gary Grooberson; William Atherton as Walter Peck, the antagonistic EPA inspector from the first Ghostbusters film; Celeste O’Connor as Trevor’s friend Lucky Domingo; Logan Kim as Phoebe’s friend Podcast; Annie Potts as Ghostbusters receptionist Janine Melnitz; and new additions Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens), James Acaster (Hypothetical), and Emily Alyn Lind (Doctor Sleep). And yes, original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson are in the film as well, possibly with more prominent roles than they had in the previous movie.

At first, Afterlife director Jason Reitman was expected to take the helm of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, once again directing from a screenplay he was writing with Gil Kenan – but then it was revealed that Kenan will actually be directing the new film. He previously directed the animated movie Monster House, the live-action films City of Ember, A Boy Called Christmas, and the remake of Poltergeist, and an episode of the Scream TV series.

When he took the directing job, Kenan said, “It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga. I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film.

Reitman added, “A few years ago, my father (Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman) handed me the keys to Ecto-1 and together we made Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Words will never express how grateful I am to have made a film with my father by my side. It’s now time to hand those keys to my creative partner and fellow Ghostbuster Gil Kenan, a brilliant director who will keep the Spengler spirit alive. I can only hope to provide him the same producorial care and support that my father showed me.

Are you looking forward to Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, and are you glad the original Ghostbusters and Janine made it onto the cover of Empire magazine? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Source: Empire

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