According to Variety, Paul Rudd is reportedly in final negotiations to join the cast of Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters movie. So I guess we’re not doing spoiler alerts anymore? Because announcing that Paul Rudd will be in Ghostbusters spoils a pretty huge part of the plot. The plot of which is obviously that the police are forced to crack down on a rash of fake ghost complaints from thirsty people who really want an in-home consultation with cutie Paul Rudd.
Jason Reitman confirmed the news to Variety, saying:
“I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.”
Sources tell Variety that Paul Rudd will play a teacher in the film. But aside from that, not much else is known about his role or the movie in general. It’s scheduled for release next year – which is why it’s currently going by the name Ghostbusters 2020. But sources say Paul will be joined by Carrie Coon, who plays a single mom, and her children, Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace. Sigourney Weaver is also rumored to be returning as Dana Barrett, which means this latest Ghostbusters movie won’t be a reboot, but will take place in the same universe as the 1984 original film and the 1989 sequel. And of course there’s a teaser trailer, but it doesn’t tell you much, except that the Ghostbusters clearly haven’t switched over to a hybrid electric vehicle.
I see one major problem with Paul Rudd being cast in this movie. And that’s that no matter what character he plays, he’ll always get mistaken for a ghost, because Paul Rudd never ages. Even with proper Ghostbuster credentials and a background check, his fellow Ghostbusters will remain skeptical that he’s actually a handsome undead specter. He better pray they never come across one of his old headshots from 1994, or he’s as good as sucked into one of those proton packs.