Last January, it was announced a new version of “Ghostbusters” was in the works—a remake of the 1984 classic—but director Paul Feig planned to flip the principle roles on its head by having women, namely Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, take over the four legendary main characters, originally played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
The first real trailer was released Thursday, and sexist critics can rest assured it looks every bit as funny and intelligent as the original.
It also should be noted that certifiable beefcake Chris Hemsworth was cast as the receptionist in reboot, a symbolic and very smart move, and clearly represents comedy’s present female-focused landscape move. Last year’s Sexiest Man Alive is easy on the eyes, sure, but he’s often branded as a bit of a snooze; objectified as a generic hunk who’s really only good for his movie-star looks and bulked-up biceps. Basically, the exact actor you’d expect to play an ass-kicking ghostbuster in 2016.
Feig is fast becoming a champion for funny women in Hollywood—he directed McCarthy and Wiig in “Bridesmaids,” and buddy-cop comedy “The Heat” with Melissa and Sandra Bullock.
Watch the trailer below, and mark your calendars for July 15.