Chris, best known for playing the leading man in the ‘Thor’ action series, will take over the receptionist role, first played by Annie Potts in the original ‘Ghostbusters’ series.
The news was confirmed by film director Paul Feig, who tweeted a picture of Chris, along with the message “our receptionist”, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015
The heartthrob actor is the first piece of casting news since the four actresses chosen for the main roles were revealed back in January.
Melissa McCarthy, who previously worked with Paul Feig in his films ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Heat’ and ‘Spy’, will be in the leading part, previously held by Bill Murray.
She’ll be joined by her ‘Bridesmaids’ co-star Kristen Wiig, as well as former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Before the casting was confirmed, former ‘Ghostbuster’ Bill Murray gave both Melissa and Kirsten his personal seal of approval, claiming: “Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster and Kristen Wiig is so funny... God, she’s funny.”
The news that ‘Ghostbusters’ was being given an all-female cast was followed by an announcement that a second, male-led reboot, helmed by producers Ivan Reitman and Dan Akyroyd, for which Channing Tatum is thought to be in talks to star in one of the leading roles.
Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ is currently slated to hit cinemas in July 2016.