Murray appeared in a cameo in the 2016 all-women Ghostbusters, but now he will assume his original role in the upcoming Ghostbuster sequel.
Bill Murray is going to reprise his original role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, reported PEOPLE. Previously, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver both suggested that Murray would be returning along with Ernie Hudson. But now, the actor himself has officially confirmed that he will be back.
Thirty years ago, Murray played squad leader Peter Venkman in 1989’s Ghostbusters 2. The new movie will see Paul Rudd as a science teacher and his students will find themselves in the middle of a ghostbusting mystery. Even though Murray made a cameo in the 2016 all-women Ghostbusters, but in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, he will be back as the titular parapsychologist.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be directed by Jason Reitman, the son of original director Ivan Reitman. His return was confirmed in an interview with Vanity Fair, along with Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson’s returns as Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. But the movie will go on without their fourth member the late Harold Ramis who died in 2014 at the age of 69.
Murray said, "Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal. And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.” Even though the plot of the movie has not been confirmed as of now, the trailer gives an idea that Ramis' death is explained.
The movie is set 30 years after ghost sightings ended. It will follow Callie, played by Carrie Coon, who is a financially stranded mother of two children. She lives in a small town in Oklahoma, in an abandoned farmhouse left by her deceased father.
Even though Carrie's father's identity isn't explicitly stated, the jumpsuit found by Carrie's daughter with the name, Dr. Egon Spengler in the secret lab might indicate that it is the same character that was played by the late Harold Ramis.
There was a time when it almost felt like we won't ever get to see Murray as Venkman again, but now we know for sure that he will be back. In 2009, Murray lent his voice to the character for Ghostbusters: The Video Game and prior to confirming his return for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, he made it clear that he is open to appearing in more Ghostbusters movies.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is all set to premiere on July 10, 2020. The movie is directed by Jason Reitman and the screenplay is co-written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman. The movie is produced by Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2.