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Sigourney Weaver confirms return to 'Ghostbusters' in new film

Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are also expected to appear in an upcoming sequel

Sigourney Weaver played possessed cellist Dana Barrett in the 1984 original. Getty Images
Sigourney Weaver played possessed cellist Dana Barrett in the 1984 original. Getty Images

Sigourney Weaver is the latest member of the original Ghostbusters cast to confirm she will be joining the forthcoming sequel, which is scheduled for release next summer.

The actress has said she will join co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who are also expected to return, in Ghostbusters 3 as she reprises her role as possessed cellist Dana Barrett.

“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver told US magazine Parade as part of a feature about her life and career.

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in a scene from 1984's 'Ghostbusters'. Courtesy Columbia Pictures
Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in a scene from 1984's 'Ghostbusters'. Courtesy Columbia Pictures

Weaver introduced the role of Barrett, whose apartment was haunted by an evil spirit, in the original 1984 film, telling the publication she knew the movie would be a success. “I knew it would be big. The script was so funny and full of heart,” she said. "Ghostbusters changed my life.”

The Oscar-nominated actress didn’t give any secrets away about the forthcoming movie, which is expected to be a direct sequel to the original movies, 1984's Ghostbusters and 1989's Ghostbusters 2, skipping the poorly received 2016 reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

However, we do know it’s being helmed by Jason Reitman, son of original director (and reboot producer) Ivan Reitman, who also directed '80s comedy staples such as Stripes and Kindergarten Cop.

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the release of the original film on June 8, 1984. To mark the auspicious occasion, there was a star-studded Ghostbusters Fan Fest, hosted by Wizard World at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, and attended by many members of the original cast, as well as theme song performer Ray Parker Jr.

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Updated: June 9, 2019 02:20 PM

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