The “Ghostbusters” reboot is about to call up some funny women.
Katie Dippold (“Parks and Recreation,” “MadTV”) is teaming up with the previously announced Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) to pen the third “Ghostbusters” film.
Feig — who worked on “The Heat” with Dippold — is also set to direct the female-centric cast. That’s right — a female-centric cast.
It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014
It’s not clear if any of the names or personalities of the original characters will stay the same — for example, a female version of Peter Venkman or Raymond Stantz — or if the characters will be entirely new. It is, however, safe to assume that Feig will do his best to assemble an A-plus team of ghost-catching women.
And considering that both Feig and Dippold have worked with quite a number of female comedians before, it only make sense that they’ll turn to some of those past stars when casting the film.
1. Amy Poehler
With Dippold’s connections to “Parks and Recreation,” the “SNL” alum seems like a smart way to go. (Anyone else currently imagining Leslie Knope trying to talk to ghost?).
2. Melissa McCarthy
After working with both Dippold and Feig on “The Heat,” McCarthy would be an easy choice to make. Plus, “Ghostbusters” star Bill Murray previously said that “Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster.” Enough said.
3. Maya Rudolph
With her knack for silly voices, the “Bridesmaids” star would definitely fit in as a possessed character.
If Retta is able to bring any of her “Parks and Recreation” truth-bomb charm to the cast, then the ghosts won’t stand a chance.
5. Kristen Wiig
As solid as Wiig was in the drama “Skeleton Twins,” it would be nice to see her in another Feig-helmed comedy sometime in the near future.
6. Alia Shawkat
Shawkat might not be the most obvious choice, but she and Feig do have something in common: “Arrested Development.” Even if the actress doesn’t get one of the main roles, it might be fun to have her play one of the Ghostbuster’s clients.
7. Sigourney Weaver
C’mon, Weaver’s an original — she has to show up at some point.
What do you think of these casting options? Do you think anyone else should star in the reboot?