Bill Murray, aka Peter Venkman, will appear in Sony’s all-female “Ghostbusters” sequel despite earlier denials.

Bill Murray. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
Bill Murray. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
In 2014, Murray told Dazed & Confused magazine: “I find that you don’t really lose by saying no in show business. If you say no, sometimes they come back with a better script. Or sometimes it just goes away.”

Director Ivan Reitman told Variety last year: “It was clear he just didn’t want to engage,” and Murray said, “Those guys, Danny [Akyroyd] and Harold [Ramis], were at the top of their game. They were burning nitro at that moment. Unless you have a really clear vision, you’re always trying to recreate that.”

Now a Murray cameo has been confirmed — although not as cool-as-a-cuke Dr. Venkman.

Aykroyd also may play a taxi driver, according to media reports. And Vanity Fair reported:

“With cameos from Murray and Aykroyd in place, the only question now is if the third surviving ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson, will make an appearance. Despite his initial rejection of the all-female ghostbusting team (he called it a ‘bad idea’), Hudson has since said he’d love to be a part of the new film.”

Murray starred in the original 1984 Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel but reportedly shredded a “Ghostbusters 3” script and mailed it back to co-writers Ramis and Aykroyd.

A July 22, 2016, debut is set for the new “Ghostbusters.”

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