Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, More Star in All-Female 'Ghostbusters'

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Kristen Wiig will join will fellow actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in comprising the all-female cast of the upcoming remake of Ghostbusters. Sony Pictures is set to release the film in July of 2016.

Director Paul Feig announced his stars by posting their photos on Twitter on Tuesday. The new film will update the original Ghostbusters from 1984, as well as the sequel from 1989.

Kristen Wiig is, of course, a Saturday Night Live alumni, and both Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are part of the current SNL cast. Wiig and McCarthy starred together in the hilarious blockbuster hit Bridesmaids--also directed by Paul Feig.

The reboot of Ghostbusters has long been in the works, with the initial plan of having the original cast--Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray. Aykroyd, Ramis, and Hudson had agreed to reprise their characters, but Bill Murray proved elusive, eventually saying he loved the idea of an all-female cast instead. Harold Ramis passed away last year.

Ghostbusters has certainly capitalized on some of the funniest women in comedy by casting Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The broad expanse of personalities alone suggests that while humor will prevail, these won't be cookie cutter roles.

Filming is expected to begin on Ghostbusters this coming summer in New York City. So if there's something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call?

You can start with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Will you be counting the months until July 2016?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.