By Jeff Sneider
The Ocean’s Eleven star has been cast as the Mayor of New York City in Paul Feig‘s franchise reboot for Sony Pictures, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth.
Michael Kenneth Williams of Boardwalk Empire and HBO fan favorite The Wire also joins the project, currently shooting in Boston, as a character named Hawkins.
Matt Walsh, best known as press aide Mike McLintock of Veep, also joins the cast as Rourke.
In addition, Pat Kiernan, the longtime morning anchor on New York City’s NY1 on Time Warner Cable, will stretch himself as a news anchor in the film.
Feig, who directed Wiig and McCarthy in the blockbuster Bridesmaids, has been teasing elements of the all-female reboot on social media — like updated jumpsuits in which the crew will battle supernatural pests, as well as new weapons called Proton Packs.
The film is based on the 1984 comedy of the same name that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as scientists who develop technology to trap ghosts.
Feig also co-wrote the female-driven reboot with The Heat co-writer Kate Dippold.