An original Ghostbusters (1984) actor just confirmed that they will be reprising their role in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) sequel. But who is it? Who ya gonna call?
Yesterday, we shared the news that Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 (2023) is finally about to go into production, with director Gil Kenan sharing the news via Instagram. Now, there's even more news about the upcoming sequel.
For several months, there has been quite a bit of back and forth on which actors will be reprising their roles in the fourth Ghostbusters movie. Recently, McKenna Grace hinted at reprising her role as Phoebe.
Logan Kim, who plays Podcast in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, also suggested he was back on board, while also saying that he'd like the filmmakers to take inspiration from the fan-favorite Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009).
More recently, it was confirmed that the entire "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" ensemble is returning, which includes Carrie Coon (Callie Spengler), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Lucky (Celeste O'Connor), and Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson).
However, one actor whose many interviews over the past few months have left us scratching our heads. That actor is the wonderful Ernie Hudson, best known, of course, for playing Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore in the movie.
In one interview, Hudson revealed that he had read an early draft of the script, and in another, he seemed to suggest that he didn't really know what was going on. Now, he has confirmed his involvement in the film.
In a recent interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Hudson, 77, spoke to Clarkson about the new film. When asked if he would be appearing, here's what he had to say:
"There will be another Ghostbusters that I can definitely say. Thanks to all the fans. They loved [Ghostbusters: Afterlife], so we'll be making another Ghostbusters. And I’m happy to say that Winston, the character that I play, is now a billionaire, so he has a little bit more freedom."
This will be music to the ears of every single Ghostbusters fan out there, as Winston Zeddemore has been a beloved character since we first met him in the original Ghostbusters (1984).
He returned for Ghostbusters II (1989), and enjoyed a prominent cameo in Afterlife. The character of Winston Zeddemore has also appeared in animated show The Real Ghostbusters (1986) and IDW's long-running comic book series.
Hudson himself has also appeared in video games such as Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022), and will also be appearing in the upcoming VR game Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord (2023).
Now, Hudson is set to return to the world of Ghostbusters on the big screen in Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2, which is also dubbed Ghostbusters: Firehouse (the codename/working title), and, inexplicably, Ghostbusters 5.
As per the Ghostbusters/Sony Pictures website, here's the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Afterlife:
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars McKenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O'Connor (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Olivia Wilde (Gozer the Gozerian), JK Simmons (Ivo Shandor), Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Ray Stantz), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore).
Ghostbusters 4 will be released in theaters on December 20, 2023.