The Ghostbusters franchise began in 1984, with four men who set out to protect their city from the ghostly creatures roaming around and causing chaos. Now, 37 years after the first instalment, it seems we haven’t seen the last of the gruelling ghosts.

The Ecto-1 is back in action! / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

The Ecto-1 is back in action! / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

Waiting almost four decades for a new movie may beg the question as to why another one is being made at all; but fans are getting more excited each month of 2021, as the November release date creeps forward.

There is a quite a lot of information out there regarding the upcoming sequel, titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife; given the amazing cast and exciting story, it’s no wonder people are looking forward to the winter season.

The cast

As we know, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson were the focus of the original film back in 1984 and, to the joy of many, it seems that all of the ghost-fighting foursome will be back to reprise their original roles. While these roles may be in the form of flashbacks or similar scenes, it will still be great to see the guys back on the big screen.

The original Ghostbusters, 1984 / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures
The original Ghostbusters, 1984 / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

Sigourney Weaver will also be making a comeback as Dana Barrett; as with the group of men, it seems Weaver’s character may also appear in flashbacks or new scenes injected into the old movies, and once again it will be wonderful to see her in action.

As for new members to the trilogy, Finn Wolfhard, who played Richie Tozier in both IT movies (2017 and 2019), will be in this film as Trevor. McKenna Grace joined the cast to play Phoebe, Trevor’s sister. Carrie Coon will play Callie, the mother of Phoebe and Trevor.

An actor many people are excited to see, is Paul Rudd. Rudd plays Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and has done a brilliant job at getting the public to love Lang’s silly, heroic character.

Rudd will be playing Mr Grooberson, a teacher at the sibling’s high school. He appears to have a pretty prominent role as he seems to know a lot about the Ghostbusters and their antics from the 80s.

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures
Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

An iconic figure we all know and love will also be coming back; the Ecto-1 is alive and well. While not technically a character, the car sets the iconic groundwork in the new movie; it has been there since the beginning and is still raring to go now. It is a staple of the films and definitely serves as a remainder of the original movies from the 80s.

The plot

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will follow a mother (Coon) and her two children (Wolfhard and Grace) as they travel to Oklahoma to move into their newly-inherited home. Once there, the family of three realise that there is a lot more to this house than they know, and that the town holds some dark secrets...

They realise that their home isn’t any ordinary home, as it contains a link to someone familiar. Trevor and Phoebe uncover a connection to their grandfather, a member of the original Ghostbusters team. The siblings must ground themselves and come to terms with the legacy their grandfather left behind, or their new hometown will be in some serious trouble.

Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures
Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

The trailer for the movie really opened the door into this sequel and left us with decent information, but also plenty of questions. The trailer gives us a better and more detailed understanding of the story and, shows the new characters and gives us a glimpse of the roles Wolfhard, Grace, and Rudd will be playing.

Many fans are wondering whether or not the 2016 film Ghostbusters: Answer the Call will make any kind of impact within the upcoming sequel; the answer is no. The 2016 feature did not go down well, and since it was more of a remake than anything else, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be ignoring the events that occurred in that film.

Release date

The film was scheduled to come out in March, 2021, however, the unfortunate pandemic delayed this. Now we have another release date set and hopefully this time the date will stick. Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be in UK cinemas on November 12th, 2021; get your proton packs ready to tackle the next instalment in this iconic franchise!

Check out the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife below!

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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