On July 7th, 2015, Deadline reported that Neil Casey has been cast to play the villain in the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, directed by Paul Feig. The film was co-written by Feig and Kate Dippold, who previously collaborated on the buddy-cop film THE HEAT.
Casey is a comedian whose acting credits include VEEP, BRAD CITY, PLAYING HOUSE, THE LEAGUE, and FORT TILDEN. He’s written for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, and KROLL SHOW. He is also starring in Feig’s Yahoo series OTHER SPACE, a sci-fi comedy about an inexperienced crew of space explorers learning to work together after their vessel is thrown off-course into a different universe.
The villain for the new film is known only as Rowan, and details about him and his motives are still being kept under wraps. In the spirit of the first film, Rowan could very well be a bureaucrat seeking to throw the Ghostbusters in jail because he thinks they’re up to no good. He could also be an affluent art dealer who has been overtaken by a possessed work of art, as Peter MacNicol’s character was in the second film. Looking at the talent behind this film, I’m inclined to believe that he’s a new kind of threat that has yet to be seen in either film.
Casey will be joining three of his former SNL cohorts—Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones—who comprise three out of the four leading ladies, as well as Chris Hemsworth who has been cast as the Ghostbusters’ secretary (news of Hemsworth’s casting has definitely been met with overall positive response from fans).
The film has been slated for theatrical release on July 22nd, 2016.
What do you think of the casting news? Do you think Casey’s character Rowan will pay homage to the original films, or do you think this villain will be something new? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
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