Ghostbusters fans don't have anything to fear when it comes to the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie according to star of the original movie Ernie Hudson.
The actor, who starred in the original 1984 comedy and its 1989 sequel, is back for the new Ghostbusters outing as Winston Zeddemore alongside his fellow original stars Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz) and Bill Murray (Peter Venkman).
And he's revealed during an interview with Yes Have Some that the new film, which is arriving over 3o years after Ivan Reitman's original, will please fans of the classic films because it "really ties into the first two movies".
"There's been so many announcements and so many things that fell apart," he said of Afterlife's long journey to the big screen. "It wasn't until I got the script and read the script that I thought, 'Okay not only is it happening, but this is really good'. It's really in line with what the fans have been hoping for and it really ties into the first two movies."
He added that being able to continue the story of the much-loved Ghostbusters characters was "very, very special", saying that he was hugely excited to get to reunite with his co-stars.
"I like the movie with the ladies (2016's female-led Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig) but it was kind of a different take on it," he said. "So once I got the (Afterlife) script I began to get excited about it and felt like I knew something definite. But up until then, it was still 'if, maybe, and whatever.'"
He continued: "For me it was kind of like a spiritual get together. A movie that had so much impact and meaning in my life, to go back into that was just emotional to me. To see Danny Aykroyd and Bill, it was very, very special."
Also reprising their roles from the 80s movies are Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett and Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, while we'll also meet a collection of new characters including single mother Callie (Carrie Coon), her two children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and science teacher Mr Grooberson (Paul Rudd).
Hudson was full of praise for the newer cast members too, calling them "great" and promising that they are "all bringing their best to it and I think bringing what (Ghostbusters) deserved".
"Not something that sort of was thrown together just for the studio to make some more money," he said. "But really, Jason's (Reitman, the film's director) just love of it and commitment to it, I was very touched by it."
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently due for release on March 5, 2021.
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