Chris Hemsworth joins female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot as receptionist (+video)
Chris Hemsworth is now part of the female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot, director Paul Feig announced on Twitter. Hemsworth will play the receptionist in the film with leading ladies Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) — Sony and director Paul Feig have cast Chris Hemsworth to play the receptionist in the female-driven "Ghostbusters" reboot.
Feig made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.
Hemsworth is set to join Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the movie, which hits theaters next year.
Feig, whose new comedy "Spy" debuted to no. 1 at the U.S. box office, will direct the next installment in the "Ghosbusters" franchise on a script co-written by Katie Dippold.
Story details are unknown other than the reboot centers on the next generation of Ghostbusters, who happen to be female. Ivan Reitman will produce the action-comedy.
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.
Production on "Ghostbusters" to start later this summer with the film scheduled to bow on July 22, 2016.
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.
Besides "Vacation" and "In the Heart of the Sea" which bows this December, Hemsworth also has "The Huntsman," which he is currently filming. He is repped by CAA and ROAR.