Apparently the one person who really, really wanted to make Ghostbusters 3 happen is going to cameo in the new Ghostbusters movie. Dan Aykroyd, the heart of the Ghostbusters, announced on Twitter yesterday that he was on the set of Paul Feig’s comedy shooting a scene with Kristen Wiig:
The tweet was quickly removed by the studio, either because his Aykroyd’s cameo was supposed to be a secret or because of his use of the term “adorable” to describe four grown women.
The rumors around the set are that Aykroyd will be playing a cab driver in the new film. Unfortunately, the third entry in the Ghostbusters franchise is not connected to the original films or Saturday morning cartoon series (Is there a Ghostbusters canon? An extended universe?) so he will not be playing a retired Ray Stantz, a meta Dan Aykroyd, or even this guy:
Aykroyd is also rumored to be quoting a line from Ray Parker’s “Ghostbusters” as part of his new dialogue. The good money is on “I can’t hear you” as he takes Kristen Wiig’s character way out of her way and then charges her fare and a half, because she’s a woman.
Paul Feig has been using Twitter quite proficiently to promote the new film, tweeting photos of the new proton packs, the new car, the new uniforms, and the new Ghostbusters themselves, marking the first time a photograph of four people standing around with their hands in their pockets both ruined someone’s childhood and made someone’s eyes well up with tears of joy.
Aykroyd doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about Feig and company not using his Ghostbusters 3 script, which we can only assume was 7,000 pages long. And with one SNL alum apparently returning to the fold, rumors have already begun to (re)circulate about Bill Murray’s possible involvement. (It would be a very Murray thing to do: State disinterest in a sequel for years, and then show up on set.) Then there’s Ernie Hudson, who will believe anything you say as long as there’s a steady paycheck in it.