Paul Feig announced on Twitter today that Chris Hemsworth has joined the cast of Ghostbusters and his role will be a surprising one. I am already in love with the new all female Ghostbusters remake, I love the concept, turning a macho cult classic on its head and using it to call out a feminist message to the male dominated film industry is brave, sassy and could be misconstrued as a little contrived… If it wasn’t starring the very best of the comic actresses working in film today.
My point is, as women we shouldn’t need to provoke change within a somewhat sexist industry, this social issue shouldn’t need to be the defining feature of a film, equality shouldn’t be an issue at all in fact and the new Ghostbusters shouldn’t be judged on the gender of the actors starring in it. It should be judged on its quality and this is what will make that statement the clearest. With Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the heroes, this movie promises quality and I have no doubt it will deliver that, regardless of the feminist conversation dominating the discussions about it.
Feig will be most remembered from directing 2011’s Bridesmaids, the success of which, was due to its brilliant humour, but importantly the presence of real, complicated female characters displaying a refreshingly honest portrayal of female friendships and female issues. the movie did not shy away from gross out moments and hilariously disgusting scenes, de-mystifying the traditional female roles where everyone pretends that women aren’t afflicted with the normal functions of a human body. Hey our stuff is gross too!
The new Ghostbusters has shown ability to flip gender roles in another refreshingly contrary move, casting Chris (action hero) Hemsworth in the movie in an unexpected role. Hemsworth is not a love interest or a hero, he will be playing the Ghostbusters receptionist which is brilliantly tongue in cheek! Let Thor sit back for a change and let the ladies save the day! The movie is set for release on the 22nd of July next year.