With the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife being highly anticipated by longtime fans, many are curious as to whether the series will see one of its most iconic stars return. While it was hinted at in the trailer and, despite confirmations by many actors that he will return, fans weren’t certain if Bill Murray would reprise his role as Peter Venkman. That was until a recent Vanity Fair interview with Murray, where he confirmed that he will reprising his role in the upcoming soft reboot.
In the Vanity Fair interview, Murray discussed his experience on set and working with the iconic Ghostbusters equipment again for the first time in years. One subject brought up was the return of other Ghostbusters veteran actors since Harold Ramis’ tragic passing in 2014, which delayed the possibility of a third entry. At least if you don’t include the 2009 video game.
Murray mentioned how the filmmakers were aware of this and approached the soft reboot by stating, “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”. While most of the legacy cast will return, it will still focus on new characters including Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as grandchildren of the original Ghostbusters.
Although he may not appear for the entire runtime, fans are very reassured at Bill Murray’s return to Ghostbusters. Minus his voice role in the 2009 game and a small cameo in the 2016 remake, it seems more promising that Murray will, at the very least, play a decent-sized role in Afterlife. It will definitely be nice to see him don the proton pack once more this summer.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set for release July 10th 2020.