Dan Aykroyd will return as Dr. Ray Stantz in the upcoming Ghostbusters film. He previously voiced the character for 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, but his last live-action appearance was 1989’s Ghostbusters II.
“I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,” Aykroyd said on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Aykroyd is one of the founding fathers of the Ghostbusters franchise, co-writing the original film alongside the late Harold Ramis. The film, directed by Jason Reitman, would become a cult classic and media powerhouse in the late ‘80s, spawning toy lines, video games and animated followups. The poor reception of Ghostbusters II and the stars' diverging careers sent a planned third film into production hell.
The new film, which is said to work as a sequel to Ghostbusters II, brings Avengers: Endgame's Paul Rudd and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard into the mix. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason Reitman will direct. The elder Reitman recently revealed the film will revolve around Rudd’s character, a seismologist investigating an earthquake with a sinister origin.
Original film co-stars Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver, who played Winston Zeddemore and Dana Barrett respectively, have announced their involvement in the film. Aykroyd also mentioned that Bill Murray is not yet attached to the film, but they hope he will appear. Though Murray had a cameo in Ghostbusters 2016, he has been gunshy about the franchise, with Jason Reitman previously stating Murray hadn't even wanted to do Ghostbusters II.
Ghostbusters 2020 is directed by Jason Reitman, who also co-wrote the film with Gil Kenan. The film stars Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd and Mckenna Grace. The film is scheduled for release on July 20, 2020.