'Ghostbusters' star Ernie Hudson confirms 'Afterlife' will link up to original movies

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Original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson has confirmed that the new movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will directly connect to the first two movies.

Hudson played Winston Zeddemore in the first and the second movie, and is reprising his role in the Jason Reitman directed third movie too.

Speaking to online movie show Yes Have Some, he said: “It wasn't until I got the script and read the script that I thought, 'Not only is it happening, but this is really good'.

ROBBINSDALE, MN - MAY 5: Ghostbusters co-star Ernie Hudson poses for a portrait after recording an uplifting video message for a fan in his backyard Tuesday while donning his Ghostbusters jumpsuit and a "Slimer" puppet. (Photo by Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images)
Ernie Hudson (Credit: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

“It's really in line with what the fans have been hoping for, and it really ties into the first two movies.”

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The movie will narratively disregard the Paul Feig reboot from 2016, in which the Ghostbusters were recast as an all-female group of paranormal investigators.

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in a scene from the film 'Ghostbusters', 1984. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray in a scene from the film Ghostbusters (Credit: Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

Despite that, the original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Hudson did feature in cameo roles.

Referencing it in his interview, Hudson said that he enjoyed appearing, and that 'it was kind of a different take on it'.

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)

This time around, the story centres on The Leftovers star Carrie Coon, who after moving back to her hometown with her two kids, Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and Disney star Mckenna Grace, discovers her own connection to the original Ghostbusters.

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Murray, Aykroyd, Weaver, Potts and Hudson all also reprise their roles, alongside Paul Rudd's local high school teacher, who it emerges is a Ghostbusters buff.

And with pleasing synchronicity, Jason Reitman, son of the movie’s original director Ivan Reitman, is behind the camera, with Reitman Snr also acting as producer.

It's scheduled for release on 5 March, 2021.

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