I know we’re all hungover from staying up until 3 a.m., celebrating the forthcoming Ghostbusters movie that will now most definitely star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. But a lot happened while we were drinking slime-themed cocktails and screaming “Who ya gonna call?” to strangers in the streets. We’ve gotta pound some Pedialyte (trust me, it works) and buck up. The lovely people over at HitFix were the first to reveal secrets from the flick, then were haunted by ghosts of Sony execs until they took parts of it down; /film broke down the details even further. Let’s round up what we know so far. (Please don’t haunt us, Sony ghosts.)
- The four main characters will be Erin Gabler, an academic on the tenure track at Columbia; Abby Bergman, who pursues ghosts for a living, with a focus on parapsychology; Jillian, Abby’s ghost-hunting partner; and Patty, an MTA employee who “comes across the main ghost.” Hitfix is guessing Wiig will play Erin, Jones will play Abby, McKinnon will play Jillian, and McCarthy will play Patty. I hope one day young women will play, “Are you a Patty or an Erin?” in the same way that we all feel we must self-identify as a Carrie or a Samantha. Guys, each of them represents a different part of us! Even Charlotte! Don’t you see?!
- Sony has Peter Dinklage in mind to play the bad guy, described at Hitfix as a “creepy mechanical genius.” Is there any other kind?
- Sony wants Bill Murray back, which is fantastic news. They don’t want him to play Peter Venkman, though—it’s rumored they want him for Martin Heiss, a “professional debunker of the supernatural” who sees the Ghostbusters’ videos online (if there is a God and/or justice in this world, please let these be real videos that Sony posts online to promote the film) and goes after them. /Film describes him as the counterpart to William Atherton’s character from the original movie. I describe him as Bill Murray, who has made poor decisions about his acting career lately. (Such as St. Vincent, and not doing another movie instead of St. Vincent.) Bill, be in this movie. For all of us. But mostly for you.
It will keep us all mentally healthy to remember that none of this is set in stone or inscribed on the back of the Constitution in the blood of innocents. As is the way of the Internet and its Ghostbusters-hungry constituents, news about the film could, and will, shift dramatically from day to day. Tomorrow, it's likely we’ll be reading that all four women will portray quadruplets, the offspring of a one-night stand between Peter Dinklage and Sigourney Weaver. Regardless, in the spirit of that beautiful, dangerous seductress that is the Internet, let’s all continue to speculate endlessly in the comments.