Fans of 1984 smash-hit “Ghostbusters” are set for a treat.
It’s been confirmed the all-new, girl-powered remake will hit screens early this summer.
In a twist on the original, the film features an all-female cast with Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones as the phantom-fighting superheroes.
Sony Pictures have recently released the official trailer for the film, which has fans and critics abuzz with anticipation.
The trailer – which you can see below – sees the reappearance of the original downtown location of Ghostbusters HQ. Along with the brand new cast, there’s a ‘deadly’ new ghost mobile, new jokes and sizzling special effects to keep the action flowing.
GHOSTBUSTERS – Official Trailer (HD)
Like the 1984 classic, the action is heavily punctuated with madcap humour, and reports suggest some familiar faces are sure to make an appearance.
31 years since the original – which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson – the team of three scientists are once again joined by ‘civilian’ character Patty – played by Leslie Jones.
In another gender-reversal for the 21st century, Australian star Chris Hemsworth will play the geeky receptionist – originally played to perfection by Annie Potts.
The comedy credentials seem sound: Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig made their names in hit comedy Bridesmaids while Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon have appeared regularly on Saturday Night Live. Director Paul Feig has movies Bridesmaids, Spy and The Heat among his credits.
For diehard fans, it seems there’s an extra incentive to catch the new flick. The movie database at IMDB.com lists original cast members Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as part of the remake alongside Sigourney Weaver.
Veteran actor Andy Garcia is also slated to play the role of mayor of New York, and original receptionist Annie Potts may also feature.
Harold Ramis – who played eccentric scientist Egon Spengler in the original – passed away recently at the age of 69. Fans will be hoping the new movie provides a fitting tribute to the original, unforgettable Ghostbuster.