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The First Trailer For Ghostbusters: Afterlife Has Dropped

The First Trailer For Ghostbusters: Afterlife Has Dropped

The long-awaited trailer for director Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife has arrived - and let's just say we're in for a nostalgic ride.

Although Paul Feig tried to breathe life into the classic '80s franchise with a gender-swapped reboot back in 2016, unfortunately it turned out to be an almighty flop, losing out on $70 million (£53m) at the box office.

However, fans have higher hopes for Reitman's movie, as he's managed to bring back the stars of the original film series.

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Yes, that includes Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and, of course, Bill Murray.

There'll be some new faces on the team too, with Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard, The Leftovers' Carrie Coon and The Haunting of Hill House's Mckenna Grace.

Dan Ackroyd Confirms Original Ghostbusters Cast For Sequel. Credit: Columbia Pictures
Dan Ackroyd Confirms Original Ghostbusters Cast For Sequel. Credit: Columbia Pictures

Oh, and let's not forget Paul motherf***in Rudd, who was confirmed to be starring in Ghostbusters: Afterlife with the tweet: "Look who answered the call."

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The star power of the film alone is enough to get butts in the cinema seats. But what about the actual story?

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Set for release in July 2020, Reitman's being pretty quiet with regards to plot details, though we do have a short synopsis to keep us guessing: "The new film centers on a family that moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are."

Elaborating on how he came up with his idea for Afterlife, the filmmaker explained: "We wanted to make a love letter to the original movie."

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He added: "I did not expect to be making a new Ghostbusters movie. I thought I was going to be this indie dude who made Sundance movies.

"And then this character came to me. She was a 12-year-old girl. I didn't know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand. And I wrote this story.

"This story began to form over many years actually. It started with a girl and all of a sudden it was a family. And eventually I knew this was a movie that I needed to make."

In case you're wondering, the 12-year-old girl will be played by Grace, who already proved her horror chops in Netflix's Haunting of Hill House.

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And just like the original film series, Reitman promises this'll be a perfect concoction of horror and comedy, joking: "I want to scare children." Charming.

Sounds like all the ingredients are in place to make this film a hit!

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Ghostbusters

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Daisy Phillipson

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