Which would you choose to acknowledge? The tanned, long-haired blonde bombshell with super tight pencil skirt or the over-worked, grumpy middle-aged lady? You know, the receptionist stereotypes in movies.
Well, Sony and Paul Feig figured that they should break the norm as they have casted “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth to play the role of a receptionist in a female-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, Paul Feig updated fans on news of the reboot via Twitter yesterday:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015
It was also revealed that Hemsworth’s will be taking on a supporting lead role.
In Ivan Reitman’s original “Ghostbusters”, Annie Potts played the role of receptionist Janine Melnitz. Potts reprised her role as Janine in the 1989 sequel and featured prominently in the cartoon spinoff, “The Real Ghostbusters”.
According to Deadline’s source, Hemsworth will be playing the male version of Janine Melnitz, an assistant to the band of ghostbusting young women “nobody wants to work with”.
Insiders revealed that the studio approached Hemsworth during the early stage of the movie for one of the major male roles but the “Thor” actor rejected it because the role was too small. Since then, Sony has redrafted the script to beef up his part.
Hemsworth is known for his action heavy roles such as “Thor”, “Rush”, and “Snow White and the Huntsman” but he is now expanding his brand with other genres starting with his forthcoming “Vacation”, a comedy film which we will see him as an anchorman.
Paul Feig will helm “Ghostbusters” based on the script written by Katie Dippold while Ivan Reitman will serve as the producer.
The “Ghostbusters” reboot is set to hit theatres on 22nd July 2016.