After years of evading, avoiding and possibly dreading a return to Ghostbusters, actor Bill Murray — the scene-stealing Doctor Peter Venkman — will return to the franchise as a new character in Sony Pictures‘ upcoming film starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy under the direction of Paul Feig.
While talking with New York Magazine’s Vulture about the subject, Murray said, “I like those girls a lot … I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.” He added that it was not an easy decision, but he worried not making an appearance in the film might color people’s perception of the endeavor. “Maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part],” he explained.
Rumors suggest Murray will play a man out to debunk the new Ghostbusters team, not unlike his onscreen adversary Walter Peck, played memorably by William Atherton, in the 1984 original film. It remains to be seen, however, if this will be the case. At any rate, his part is described as a cameo role. Co-creator Dan Aykroyd is also rumored to appear.
The new Ghostbusters comes to theaters July 16th, 2016.