Does anyone else think it's incredibly strange and wonderful that despite his hesitation in starring in another Ghostbusters sequel, Bill Murray will appear in the Ghostbusters all-female reboot? I don't fully understand the reasoning here, as Murray has stated that his worry over doing a sequel comes from the fact that Ghostbusters II wasn't as universally loved as the original. But I'm not going to argue with his choice to be in the reboot, because Murray's appearance in the new film (which the Hollywood Reporter confirmed) is tremendous news.
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot already has a stellar cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the titular Ghostbusters team, with Chris Hemsworth costarring as their receptionist. And now the original team member Murray has joined the cast. My guess is that Murray has probably agreed to making a glorified cameo in the film, but still, it's better than nothing. Now the real question is, how will the Ghostbusters reboot incorporate Murray into the plot?
Although no details have been given, my assumption is that Murray will appear as his original Ghostbusters character, Dr. Peter Venkman, rather than a new character. So how exactly would the newbies come across Dr. Venkman on their journey? There are many different ways to bring Murray into the new film's plot, especially if the women are taking over the original team's positions.
1. Murray Has A Zombieland-Style Meeting With The New Team
This is my favorite idea because it gives Murray the chance to make a memorable impression in a very short time. For those who have not yet seen Zombieland, Murray makes a cameo as himself in the movie. Spoiler alert! He dies rather quickly after being introduced. Basically, the Ghostbusters reboot could find the new team members coming to Peter Venkman for help and he provides. But eventually, he is killed. I know this seems a bit blasphemous, but we'd get to see Venkman one more time and know that he's lived a long life. Plus his ending will solidify the new Ghostbusters team. Also, it'll be hilarious. Don't believe me? Just watch how Murray dies in Zombieland.
2. The New Team Gets Recruited By Murray
Maybe Peter Venkman brings the new team together and helps train them to take over for the old team? It would give each member of the new cast a chance to have some hilarious interactions with Murray.
3. Murray Plays One Of The New Team Members' Fathers
What if Peter Venkman is actually McKinnon, Wiig, McCarthy, or Jones' character's father, and he's passing the torch to his daughter? It's a bit sentimental, but if anyone can make it funny, it's...literally anyone in this cast. Or what if Venkman plays Chris Hemsworth's character's father and he knows his son is a dud, so he begs the new team to take his son in as the receptionist so he can somewhat follow in his father's footsteps? It's funny because it's insanely unrealistic — this is Chris Hemsworth we're talking about.
4. The Old & New Teams Unite
This probably won't happen, but if the old team and new team could fight some ghosts together, I think every single Ghostbusters fan's mind will collectively and simultaneously explode.
Regardless of how he gets incorporated into the movie, there's no question that Murray will make the new Ghostbusters even better than it already looks.