I don't think I've been as excited for a movie as I am for Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters since, like, ever — and that's saying something, because I was as excited as can be for 2014's Veronica Mars movie. But seriously, can you blame me? Not only is this movie completely female-driven, but it stars a stellar cast featuring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. There is literally nothing not to love — and now, it just got even better. In a new tweet posted Wednesday, director Feig revealed that Chris Hemsworth just joined the all-female Ghostbusters as — wait for it — the film's receptionist.
This is just amazing news on so many levels.
Feig didn't reveal much about the casting in his tweet, instead just sticking a simple caption — "Our receptionist. #whoyougonnacall," — along with a photo of Hemsworth looking every bit the delectable Asgardian god.
Considering Hemsworth's talent as an actor, this is of course great news for the movie in the sense that it just means another great player has joined the team, and thus, made the cast even stronger. However, this casting also goes a lot deeper than that. Hemsworth, who has played every role from a god in Marvel films to The Huntsman in Snow White And The Huntsman has been cast as a secretary... aka, a secondary role to the lead characters that is often given to female actress due to outdated gender stereotypes in Hollywood. Hemsworth is a leading guy in a lot of his films, but it doesn't seem like he'll be in Feig's Ghostbusters: And, considering completely female-driven films like this one are so rare in Hollywood, it's amazing to see that Feig seems to be aiming to keep the focus of the film on the four leading ladies — not on any Hollywood hunks who may join the cast.
There's not much info about his character yet (meaning it's possible his role could be more fleshed out than it seems), but, considering Feig's great history with female-driven films like Spy and Bridesmaids, this definitely seems like commentary on gender stereotypes Hollywood often assigns actors and actresses in the industry — and just adds to the list of reasons this film should be one of the most highly anticipated in a while.