By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist
If you’re reading this, that means you survived your first week of the semester and that’s cause for a celebration. Treat yourself to two ice cream cones from a dining hall or really splurge and get Old Bay fries at Paws, do whatever works for you. For example, I watched the series finales of “Friends” and honestly, I think it’s going to be months until I get over it. Let’s be honest, I’m still not over the “Lost” series finale, and that was four years ago.
Thankfully, this week it was announced that a new era of a classic series is beginning. Over the past few months, there has been tons of speculation on what the future looked like for the “Ghostbusters” franchise. MTV even made it a regular question to ask celebrities who would star in their dream cast of the movie during interviews. Once it was confirmed that Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids” teamed up with “The Heat” writer, Katie Dippold, to create this reboot, there has been some major buzz about who was officially going to be joining the cast. Feig answered all of our questions with one simple tweet where he uploaded a picture of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, followed by another tweet saying “In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!” After that, the Internet pretty much imploded.
Wiig and McCarthy are veteran comedians each having made their breakout moment together in “Bridesmaids,” but newcomers McKinnon and Jones will definitely be able to hold their own since they are both currently part of the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” where Wiig and McCarthy have also hosted. Reportedly, McCarthy is the only one to officially sign on to star in the movie, but Feig seems pretty confident that the other starlets will follow suit once filming begins. Although the three leading ladies may still be weighing their options, there are dozens of other actors who would be willing to jump in at a moment’s notice. While on the “Today” show, Rebel Wilson revealed that she had a meeting with Feig and that things were still up in the air about casting. When she was asked about the paycheck that would come along with a movie like this, Wilson responded by saying “I would even do that without the money truck, I’d do that for free.”
Wilson isn’t the only one, too. Apparently Jennifer Lawrence has also made the move to meet with Feig, and I’ll say that I wouldn’t hate having Lawrence make an appearance. In all honesty, I’m not too sure that I really care about the specificities as to who is cast in this movie. What I’m getting hyped about is the fact that they’re casting an all female lead cast. Whoever makes the deals and signs the paperwork will be making a huge step forward in gender equality in the media. Instead of following the original line-up and re-creating what Bill Murray did, Feig decided to challenge it and go for diversity and quality. “Ghostbusters 3” is not a continuation of where “Ghostbusters 2” left off, but it a complete re-do and Feig is pulling out all the stops to make sure this movie is a huge success. I can’t wait to find out more about this movie and how it has the potential to give leading women the attention they deserve.