In some fantastic news for Ghostbusters fans, Bill Murray has confirmed that he’ll be returning as Peter Venkman for this year’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Murray revealed that he’ll be reprising the Venkman role for Jason Reitman’s picture. While the actor didn’t reveal just what part Venkman will have to play in the larger story, he did discuss the fact that the absence of Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler – with Ramis having sadly passed away back in 2014.
As Murray put it, “Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal, and that’s the story that we’re telling. That’s the story they’ve written.”
From the Afterlife footage seen so far, it appears that Finn Wolfhard’s Trevor and Mckenna Grace’s Phoebe are the grandchildren of Egon.
In addition to Bill Murray, Ghostbusters favourites Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts are all returning for this bustin’ job. Murray has reiterated, however, that these names will all be involved in meaningful, yet minimal roles in this new movie.
Taking the lead alongside Wolfhard and Grace will be Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd when Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits screens on July 10th.