One of the first and most obvious choices many fans had for the upcoming female-fronted reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise was that of actress Emma Stone.
Stone is used to supernatural action comedies thanks to her role in “Zombieland,” while former Ghostbuster himself Bill Murray personally championed her for a role. Ultimately though Stone wasn’t a part of filmmaker Paul Feig’s ensemble which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth.
In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal though, Stone reveals that she was offered a role but actually turned it down as she’d just come off from doing “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and wasn’t prepared to make a huge commitment like that again right away:
“The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment – it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”
Stone will next film “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” opposite her “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Gangster Squad” co-star Ryan Gosling.
Meanwhile, The Boston Herald has details on the film’s plot as the movie prepares to begin filming in that city shortly. Here’s the breakdown:
“Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia.
Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
Dan Aykroyd has also spoken about the film recently, telling CBR that the new one will “[refer] to the to the first two in a really neat, classy way” and that: “The new one’s going to be big. The interplay, and with each of them, their individual voices are so well defined. They’re just such different characters, and there’s a friction. There’s a dynamic there. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but it’s going to be big, big!. This is all going to introduce [the franchise] to a whole new generation of girls that are going to want to be Ghostbusters. We always needed them.”