It began with Dan Aykroyd, who let it slip that he was filming a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot earlier this summer. And then came news that the ever reclusive Bill Murray, the man that more or less held up Ghostbusters 3 single handedly, has done a cameo of his own. With the sad passing of Harold Ramis, that left only one member of the original quartet who hadn’t yet endorsed the new, all female crew of Ghostbusters, but that all changed this weekend when director Paul Feig posted that Ernie Hudson had stopped by to lend his austere presence to the last day of principle photography on Ghostbusters.
Before you ask, The Hollywood Reporter says, “It is unknown if he is reprising his Winston Zeddemore character or not.” It does seem unlikely since the film isn’t supposed to have any ties back to the original duo of Ghostbuster movies, in fact, it was revealed (let slip?) that Aykroyd was playing a cab driver in the new version. So unless Ray Stantz has fallen really far since Ghostbusters II, it seems unlikely that this is a cameo by the original ‘Busters in character.
Hudson, it seemed, like the lone holdout in terms of the surviving members of the original quartet making an appearance. Perhaps that had something to do with this comment:
I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?
Hudson later repented, and his appearance in the film now officially seals the passing of the torch to the next generation of Ghostbusters. In other news, the film has officially wrapped principal photography as announced by Feig via Twitter. Now it’s the long march from post-production to release.
It’s a wrap on Ghostbusters!!! pic.twitter.com/gzQFRrLUYU
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 19, 2015
Ghostbusters – starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, and Chris Hemsworth – will be in theaters everywhere next summer.