When most of the surviving cast from the Ghostbusters series appeared in 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, not only were fans delighted, but it was hoped and even teased that they’d all reunite in the following film. Audiences just assumed they would and along with the likes of Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard would form the ultimate spirit fighting team.
However, if there’s something one should never do in regards to Hollywood, it’s assume anything. Unfortunately, news reaches us this week that Ghostbusters legacy cast member Sigourney Weaver will not be reprising her role as Dana Barrett.
But it must be noted that Weaver did not turn down the opportunity, asserting after her post-credits cameo in Afterlife that she is “always open” to further returns. This time the actress simply wasn’t approached to appear in the sequel.
“I wasn’t asked to be in this Ghostbusters. And I think, you know, a little of us goes a long way,”
Although Weaver sounds understanding, the news will no doubt sorely disappoint series fans, who have made their displeasure clear at the actress’ relegation to cameos in 2016’s Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Currently filming under the title Firehouse, the fifth entry in the Ghostbusters franchise will see the series return to New York. Legacy cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will join returnees Rudd, Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace.
Set for release on December 20th 2023, will the absence of Weaver affect this sequel’s performance? We’ll just have to wait and see.