The Ecto-1 vehicle makes an appearance in first Ghostbusters 3 set photo

The Ghostbusters are coming back to the big screen, and the film will continue the story that began with the original 1984 movie.

Set to be directed by Juno and Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters 3 (as it’s unofficially being called) will bring back many of the original movie’s cast members, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.

It will will also feature the return of the paranormal investigators’ iconic car, the Ecto-1, which was spotted on the film’s set in Alberta, Canada.

In June, Ghostbusters 3 added to its already significant star power by bringing on Ant-Man and Avengers: Endgame actor Paul Rudd in an unidentified role.

Rudd confirmed his involvement with a video recorded in front of the famous Hook and Ladder Company 8 fire station in New York City. The exterior of the building was used to portray the Ghostbusters’ headquarters in the first film.

A few weeks earlier, Weaver announced the return of Ghostbusters actors Murray, Aykroyd, and herself in an interview with Parade Magazine.

“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” said Weaver, who will reprise her role as Dana Barrett, who was tormented by the demonic demigod Zuul in the 1984 film and returned for the 1989 sequel.

Potts later confirmed her return as Ghostbusters secretary Janine Melnitz.

Expected to hit theaters in July 2020, Ghostbusters 3 will also introduce some new, younger characters to the franchise canon. During an event celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original film’s release, Reitman explained his inspiration for the new movie.

“This character came to me. She was a 12-year-old girl. I didn’t know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand,” recalled Reitman (as reported by Cinema Blend). “And I wrote this story. This story began to form over many years actually. It started with a girl ,and all of a sudden it was a family. And eventually, I knew this movie that I needed to make, that I needed to write.”

That 12-year-old girl character is expected to be played by Captain Marvel actress McKenna Grace in the film.

Additional details regarding the film are scarce, but the story is rumored to follow two brother and sister pairs, including a 13-year-old boy who is a dedicated conspiracy theorist and the aforementioned 12-year-old girl. The four kids will get wrapped up in supernatural shenanigans after moving “back home to a small town” where all kinds of ghostly secrets await, according to We Got This Covered.

Joining Grace and the Ghostbusters veterans in the cast will be Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, as well as Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Avengers: Infinity War), with the latter expected to play the mother of Grace and Wolfhard’s characters. In an entertaining bit of convergence, Wolfhard and his Stranger Things character’s three best friends dressed up as Ghostbusters for an episode of the Netflix show’s second season.

Finn Wolfhard in Stranger Things Season 2
Finn Wolfhard (second from left) and the rest of the kids dressed as Ghostbusters in Stranger Things season 2.

A teaser trailer for Ghostbusters 3 (see above) was released just 24 hours after the project was announced, and debuted on Entertainment Weekly. The preview opens on a dark and stormy night, with some mysterious flashes of light coming from a far-off barn. As the camera closes in on the barn, the Ecto-1 is revealed.

“This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” said Jason Reitman. “What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

Reitman penned the script for the film along with Monster House director Gil Kenan. His father, Ivan, will serve as a producer on the film.

The film is expected to ignore the events of 2016’s female-driven Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, and will instead continue the story told across Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. Despite its all-star cast, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call took a $70 million loss at the box office, scuttling Sony’s plans for a sequel.

Although Murray, Aykroyd, and Weaver are confirmed to return for Ghostbusters 3, it’s unknown whether original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 team member Ernie Hudson will also return. Harold Ramis, who starred as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and its sequel, died in 2014.

This won’t be the first time the cast has reunited since Ghostbusters 2. Most of the original actors reprised their roles for 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

Updated on August 5, 2019: Added a photo of Ecto-1 on the set of the film.

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