Okay… this is why Paul Feig's “Ghostbusters” is one of next year's genuinely important studio releases.
Feig has not been remotely shy about the fact that he sees a gender war in our pop culture right now, and he has chosen his side emphatically. When he and co-writer Katie Dippold set out to recreate “Ghostbusters” with an all-female team, they didn't just take the original script and gender-flip every single part of it.
Instead, they started from the basic idea and they developed characters that fit the actors they want to work with, just like Aykroyd and Ramis did with their script. And now, in one of the most delicious bits of sublimated star power I've seen in a while, Feig has announced who is playing Janine…
– Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015
Okay, sure, he's not actually playing Janine. That would be weird. But the idea of Hemsworth as the guy manning the phones while the ladies head out to handle all the dangerous ghostbustin'?
Love it. And after this summer's “Vacation,” I think Hemsworth is going to start to earn a reputation as a secret weapon in comedy mode.
“Ghostbusters” is currently set to hit theaters July 22, 2016.