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Chris Hemsworth Joins Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in Female "Ghostbusters"

Chris Hemsworth Joins Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in Female "Ghostbusters"

Paul Feig has just announced a delightful new addition to his "Ghostbusters" reboot cast: Chris Hemsworth. And according to the director, Thor will take his baddie-busting heroics down a notch, to play a supporting part alongside the film’s quartet of leading females Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Here’s Feig’s announcement: 

Variety reports behind-the-scenes details about the casting coup:

"Insiders say the studio went to Hemsworth very early on in the process for one of the major male roles but the Aussie actor passed because the role was too small. Since then Sony sent the script back to be reworked so the part could be beefed up. [...] Known more for his action-heavy role like 'Thor,' 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' and the upcoming 'In the Heart of the Sea,' Hemsworth is said to be wanting to broaden his brand and get into more comedies starting with his juicy role in the upcoming 'Vacation' reboot, which opens this July."

The Feig-directed film is being produced by original "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman,and is scheduled to open in theaters on July 22, 2016.

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