If you’re going to have a villain, hire the best. British actor Charles Dance is likely best known in the U.S. for his role as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones, but he has a long history of crafty bad guys in Frankenstein, the Underworld movies and Dracula Untold, among other films. Inverse announced that Dance has been cast in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.
Although there’s no news about Dance’s character, he would be a shoo-in for Vigo the Carpathian from the 1989 Ghostbusters 2. Dance could easily bring Vigo to new dastardly heights with his slow death stare and regal bearing. After all, anyone who can play Lord Vetinari in author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld universe has to have that something special when it comes to creepy cold-blooded characters.
Dance is the latest addition to a star-studded cast, including parts reserved for original Ghostbusters actors Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray. Filming has already wrapped for the reboot, but many of the details have been hush-hush and Feig’s staff wouldn’t confirm the casting news. Apparently Sony has confirmed his involvement in the movie, but refused to supply details. The news is a bit puzzling, considering that actor Neil Casey was cast as the main villain, but Paul Feig can be full of surprises; perhaps he’s setting Dance up as an in-plot teaser for the inevitable sequel.
Ghostbusters won’t hit theaters until July 16, 2016 but fans can catch him as Mr. Bennet in February’s release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.