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Ghostbusters 3 character breakdowns detail two new lead characters

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood, you'll have to call some brand-new Ghostbusters to take care of the spooky spirits. 

New character breakdowns for Jason Reitman's forthcoming Ghostbusters film, the third in the franchise that will completely ignore the events of the 2016 female-centric reboot, reveal two of the reported four new characters set to lead the story. 

Published by HN Entertainment, the breakdowns detail that Reitman and co. are looking to cast for Ghostbusters 3 (official title yet to be revealed) an actor to play an unnamed 12-year-old boy and an actress to portray a 13-year-old girl, who is also without a name for the time being. 

The description for the male lead bills the character as such: "Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He's prodigious — bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving." 

There are fewer details available for the female lead for the new Ghostbusters movie, though she does sound like quite an interesting character. "Fun-loving, a bit of an airhead," her breakdown lists. "Always curious, haunted, charmed, dazed."

HN Entertainment previously rolled out additional character info that described the pre-teen boy character as "a conspiracy theorist that is really into fantasy," and the young girl as "for sure" a "Jason Reitman character" — "a science kid that has trouble connecting with others on an emotional level, understanding feelings, and not be aware how hurtful her comments can be."

Alongside the character breakdowns was a short synopsis that doesn't offer very much concrete information on what might happen in Reitman's Ghostbusters. It simply states that the film follows a family that "moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are and the secrets of the town itself." Really, that summary could be pinned to all sorts of different projects (especially the many films of the horror genre centered on dim-witted couples moving into haunted houses), so it's nearly impossible to use it as a foundation for speculation regarding Ghostbusters 3

The character details suggest that Reitman and studio Sony Pictures could be marketing Ghostbusters 3 to a tween audience, which could be advantageous in that it would draw a whole new generation of moviegoers into the world of Ghostbusters. On the contrary, though, it could be detrimental. There are likely far more adults looking forward to seeing Ghostbusters 3 than there are children and young teenagers, and if the film ends up being a pic in the vein of the Jack Black-led Goosebumps movies, it could drive a huge demographic away from the box office. 

An upside of all this is that, even though Ghostbusters 3 is apparently bringing a foursome of youngsters to the forefront presumably as the young, modern-day answers to Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), there exists the possibility that some of the original cast could make cameo appearances in the new movie. Ramis sadly passed away about five years ago, though the jury is out on whether or not Murray, Hudson, and Aykroyd will reprise their iconic roles. 

Aykroyd did pop up in a small scene in the Ghostbusters refresh from a few years ago, but he has since slammed director Paul Feig for the mistakes he made in crafting the film. 

"I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money," the actor said in June of 2017. "The director, he spent too much on it. He didn't shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said, 'Nah, we don't need them.' Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. [Sony spent] about $30 to $40 million in reshoots … He [Feig] will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon."

Though Aykroyd wasn't too pleased with Feig's moviemaking decisions, his experience with the Ghostbusters reboot hasn't put him off the franchise. In November of last year, the actor revealed that the Ghostbusters 3 script was underway, and that he and Murray might cameo in it. 

"There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters. It's being written right now," he said. "I think Billy will come. The story's so good. Even if he plays a ghost."

Like Aykroyd, Murray appeared in 2016's Ghostbusters, but his character wasn't on screen long before he died — a hint that Murray may not want to return to the franchise. That Murray is also rumored to be returning to Zombieland: Double Tap, possibly joining Aykroyd to portray fictionalized versions of themselves, which is slated for release on October 11, could complicate things. Reitman's Ghostbusters film will launch in theaters on July 10, 2020, but if the two projects' shooting schedules overlap, it may cancel out the hope of Aykroyd and Murray busting some ghosts or portraying ghosts themselves in the next Ghostbusters installment. 

We'll have more updates for you as additional information becomes available. 

Ghostbusters 3 is due out on July 10, 2020.