The actress confirmed that she would be reprising the character of Dana Barrett in the upcoming 'Ghostbusters 3'. There have long been speculations that the film will reunite all the original cast members.
The whole gang is getting back together. Fans of Ghostbusters franchise have been hoping and praying for a reunion of the original cast members in Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters 3 and it appears as though their prayers have been answered.
Sigourney Weaver, who portrayed the of Dana Barrett, recently confirmed to PARADE magazine that she will be reuniting with her co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming film. The 69-year-old star's confirmation comes just a barely a month after Murray revealed he is down for another go with the franchise.
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In the original 1984 film, Weaver's character Barrett was a cellist whose apartment was haunted by an evil spirit. Speaking of working with Murray and Aykroyd again in Ghostbusters 3, the actress said, "It's going to be crazy working with the guys again!"
Unfortunately, the Avatar star refused to let slip any other details about the project. However, she did reflect on her experience working in the original comedy blockbusters.
"I knew it would be big. The script was so funny and full of heart. Ghostbusters changed my life," she said. Although Aykroyd has teased his involvement in the sequel for what seems like forever and even hinted that all the surviving cast members would be returning for the latest installment in the franchise, Weaver is the first one to give an official confirmation.
Murray had earlier revealed to IndieWire last month that he would have no problem participating in another Ghostbusters film, his addition to the cast is yet to be confirmed by the filmmakers and the actor.
However, what little hope he did give us was enough to keep our spirits up as he has for years famously refused to star in the franchise again. The 68-year-old sang a different tune last month at the Cannes Film Festival where he was promoting his new film The Dead Don’t Die.
"This franchise paid for my son’s college. We made this thing. We are the caretakers of it. It’s a great thing and it was a really fun movie to make. It’s a real movie with some really funny stuff in it," he said at the time.
He also stressed that his connection to the Ghostbusters franchise was determined by his relationship to the original cast members. "They’re wonderful people,” he said. “Danny [Ackroyd], Ernie [Hudson], Harold [Ramis], Rick Moranis, Annie Potts — they’re some of the coolest people and they had real careers. They treat people well. They really understand what it is to be a movie actor. It’s a complete collaboration," said Murray.
Jason Reitman, who is writing and directing Ghostbusters 3, is the son of Ivan Reitman, the director of the original film. Ivan will be a part of the upcoming film as well, in the capacity of a producer.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in January about his history with the franchise, Jason said, "I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day."
He added, "I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone. I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was."