Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot certainly has some impressive stars. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and even the wonderful Cecily Strong. That’s an all-star cast right there.
However, there is one talented player missing from the lineup. Everyone wanted Emma Stone to star in this reboot, including the original Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Sony showed a lot of interest in the 26-year-old actress, but Stone turned down the role.
And during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Stone explained why she passed on the project…
“The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”
Sounds like she is trying to avoid hurting some feelings, right? She can’t just come out and say, “The script was terrible. I didn’t want my name attached to this film.”
Of course, there is a chance she is telling the truth. Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd spoke to Spinoff Online recently and he seemed to enjoy the script…
“The new one’s going to be big! The interplay, and with each of them, their individual voices are so well defined. They’re just such different characters, and there’s a friction. There’s a dynamic there. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but it’s going to be big, big!”
We’ll see how things play out. I just don’t see why Stone would have passed (hey-o!) if she truly enjoyed the script. The time is always right to play a major role in a successful franchise.