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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Apparently somebody called the Ghostbusters, because they are coming back! In the spring of 2024, the original Ghost Hunters are returning to big screens to chase down more ghouls in New York City.
After the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II films came out in the 1980s, fans of the beloved paranormal comedy series had to wait 25 years for the next entry into the franchise. Now, we'll have had three Ghostbusters films in less than a decade. First, in 2016, Paul Feig gave us the standalone reboot starring Melissa McCarty, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Then, in 2021, we got the long-awaited sequel to Ghostbusters II (a requel, if you will) in the form of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Now, only three years later, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is bringing the franchise back to New York City (albeit a much colder one than you're used to).
Frozen Empire is set up to be one of the biggest movies of the spring. Here's everything we know about Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.
What is the release date for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire?
The fourth movie in the Ghostbusters series (and fifth in the franchise over all) will premiere exclusively in theaters on March 29, 2024.
Where can I watch Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire?
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be playing exclusively in theaters at first. It will presumably then head to video-on-demand and possibly streaming, but since Sony doesn't have its own streaming platform, we don't know where it will land.
What is Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire about?
According to the press site, "In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started—the iconic New York City firehouse—to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age."
So basically lots of Ghostbusters, lots of ghosts and lots of icicles.
Who is in the cast of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire?
Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler
The Stranger Things star will be reprising his role from Afterlife, only the Spengler family has relocated from Oklahoma to New York for the sequel, where he'll be one of the next generation of Ghostbusters.
Mckenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler
Grace, who has also appeared in I, Tonya and The Handmaid's Tale, among other titles, will also be back as Trevor's sister Phoebe, another of the new Ghostbusters established in Afterlife.
Logan Kim as Podcast
Kim will be returning as the lovable "Podcast" (a name he selected for himself), who narrates and documents the Ghostbusters' journey.
Celeste O'Connor as Lucky Domingo
Trevor's romantic interest, Lucky, will also be returning for the sequel. O'Connor also appeared in Freaky and will be appearing Marvel's Madam Webb next year.
Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler
Coon is back as Trevor and Phoebe's mom, Callie, in the Afterlife sequel. You may also recognize her from work in Fargo, The Gilded Age and The Leftovers.
Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson
Rudd is back as Gary, Phoebe's science teacher and a Ghostbusters superfan. Rudd was the biggest name in Afterlife, having appeared in numerous films including the Ant-Man franchise and Clueless.
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
After making appearances in Afterlife, the three remaining original Ghostbusters will also be returning for Frozen Empire. (Sadly, Harold Ramis had passed away before Afterlife was shot.) Murray will be playing Venkman for the fourth time.
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz
Aykroyd will also be returning for his fourth opportunity to play Stantz.
Ernie Hudson as Dr. Winston Zeddemore
And rounding up the original Ghostbusters, Ernie Hudson will also be returning for his fourth outing of Zeddemore. Based on the premise, it would appear that the OG Ghostbusters will have larger roles in Frozen Empire than they did in Afterlife.
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
Annie Potts will also be returning as the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine Melnitz. She had a small role in Afterlife that might be beefed up now that we're back in NYC.
William Atherton as Walter Peck
Atherton is returning to the franchise in Frozen River after not making an appearance in Afterlife. While he is one of the main antagonists of the original movie as an EPA officer, he didn't loom as large in Ghostbusters II.
Nanjiani has been cast in Frozen Empire in an undisclosed role.
Oswalt will also be making his debut to the franchise in an undisclosed role.
Is there a trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire?
A teaser trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was released on Nov. 8, 2023. Presumably, a full trailer will be dropped closer to the movie's release.
Who is the director of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire?
Frozen Empire will be directed by Gil Kenan, who co-wrote the script for Afterlife. Afterlife was co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, who also co-wrote Frozen Empire, so the pair just swapped places. (Reitman is the son of the late Ivan Reitman, who directed the original Ghostbusters movies.) Previously, Kenan has directed Monster House, City of Ember, Poltergeist and A Boy Called Christmas.
Is Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife?
Yes! Frozen Empire is a direct sequel to Afterlife and also a sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, making it the fourth movie in the series.
Is Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire a sequel to the all female 2016 Ghostbusters?
No. The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot is a standalone film and does not impact Frozen Empire as far as we know.