Sigourney Weaver is back! Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the nostalgia-inducing movie we've been waiting for

Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Dan Akroyd set to feature in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Sigourney Weaver
(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

Sigourney Weaver is to revive her role as Dana Barrett, in the new revival of Ghostbusters alongside her former castmates Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Annie Potts.

The new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been released and features members of the original cast including Sigourney Weaver.

Sigourney Weaver played the character Dana Barrett, the cellist who was possessed by the demon Zuul in the first movie Ghostbusters released in 1984.

She also starred in the sequel Ghostbusters II from 1989 in which she and her son were targeted by an evil spirit. Dana was also romantically involved with Rick Moranis's character Louis Tully at the end of Ghostbusters II.

Sigourney Weaver

(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)


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The revival of this beloved classic is set 35 years after the events of the first film and will star a selection of new actors.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will star Paul Rudd (Clueless, Antman), Mckenna Grace (I, Tonya, The Handmaid’s Tale), and Finn Wolfhard (IT, Stranger Things) in addition to some original cast members.

Although Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray did not feature heavily in the trailer, it was hinted throughout that the characters will play major feature roles in this new rendition of the iconic series. 

Sony released a synopsis about the film that reads, "In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind."

It is unclear who this 'grandfather' is supposed to be in the film, but the trailer shows that he has a collection of ghostbusting paraphernalia including the iconic Ectomobile, the motorized ghost trap, and a framed photo of the original cast on the mantelpiece.

Dan Aykroyd, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the original films told The Greg Hill Show in 2019, “Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation.

"It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters.

"And we've shot our part - [Bill] Murray, Sigourney [Weaver] and Annie Potts—and it was really exciting working on this new idea, this new take on this story."

The movie was due to come out in 2020, but this was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The release date for this film is now expected at Thanksgiving 2021.

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