Melissa McCarthy will 'lead' the Ghostbusters reboot

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 April 2015
Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

'Bridesmaids' actress Melissa McCarthy will be the "leader" of the 'Ghostbusters' reboot, according to director Paul Feig

Melissa McCarthy will be the "leader" of the new 'Ghostbusters' movie.

The 44-year-old actress, who starred in the 2011 romantic comedy hit 'Bridesmaids', is set to head the all-female team, which will also include Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Paul Feig - the director of the much-discussed reboot of the sci-fi comedy film - told IGN: "It's an ensemble, but at the same time you need the one person that brings you into the group [who is Wiig's character].

"Melissa is sort of the leader of the group, but everybody will be equal. I just love a deep bench like this. Every one of those women is strong and so funny. The hardest thing is going to be ... keeping all of their stuff in the movie."

Meanwhile, Paul revealed recently that he is still to decide whether to include the 'Ghostbusters' theme song in the all-female reboot.

He said: "We have ways to bring it in that we're playing with, so we'll see.

"It's such an iconic thing that part of you goes, 'I don't want to change it,' but then another part of you wants to update it. It's one of the biggest questions we're faced with."


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.