The 'Ghostbusters' Cast Then & Now -- Girls vs. Boys

Rebecca Deczynski | Jun 18, 2016 Movies

As one of the most anticipated movies of the summer approaches, there's no better way to get excited than by looking back at the original flick that inspired it. The Ghostbusters remake is putting women at the heart of the original 1984 film, with four hilarious ladies — Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon — putting on their ghost-busting suits in order to save New York City from paranormal activity one more time. For lovers of the original movie and new fans of the franchise, it's about to be one flick that's not to be missed.

Here's how the 2016 version of Ghostbusters looks so far compared to the original. It's time to get ready to see some new faces in a familiar, beloved plotline.


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  • Then: Bill Murray as Peter Venkman


    The '80s were a great decade for Bill Murray: Not only did he break onto the big screen in Caddyshackbut he also nabbed a major part as the leader of the Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman. In the film, he has a romantic plot with Sigourney Weaver, who finds herself in quite a bad paranormal situation. He's also quite the funny scientist—who could forget when he first got slimed?

  • Now: Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates


    This talented comedienne is taking on the role of paranormal researcher Abby Yates this summer. Melissa McCarthy has had plenty of box office success with films like Spy, The Heat, and The Boss. If Ghostbusters does well enough to warrant a sequel, she'll be thrilled to join that as well. "I would do 102 more of these," she told The Hollywood Reporter. 

  • Then: Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz


    As Ray Stantz, who Peter Venkman calls "the heart of the Ghostbusters," Dan Aykroyd brought an infectious energy to the original film, playing an expert on paranormal history. He also earned a writer credit on the film, and before that, he had his breakout role in The Blues Brothers.

  • Now: Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert


    This Bridesmaids actress departs from her usual roles as physicist Erin Gilbert in this year's Ghostbusters. Having spent more than 10 years on Saturday Night Live, she's sure to make audiences howl with laughter, and she's ensuring fans that this film won't be a repeat of the original. "It’s a different movie, it’s a different cast, it’s many years later, and we’ve also done things that are different," she told the Daily Mail. "It’s not just about it starring women."

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  • Then: Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore


    This actor earned his first blockbuster credit with Ghostbusters, although he had film and TV roles since 1976. His character, Winston Zeddemore, is the non-scientist of the group: He saw an advertisement for a job, and applied for it. It turned out to be a whole lot different than he expected, but that didn't stop him from going out there and ghost-busting.

  • Now: Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan


    This SNL star nabbed one of her first big movie roles with her part in the Ghostbusters reboot as subway worker Patty Tolan. However, Leslie Jones's casting was met with some criticism, as fans were displeased that her character was the only non-scientist of the bunch. She stood up against criticism by tweeting, "Regular people save the world every day so if I'm the stereotype ... Then so be it!! We walk among heroes and take them for granted."

  • Then: Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler


    This late actor charmed audiences playing the slightly socially awkward scientist of the group, Egon Spengler, the brains behind the Ghostbusters equipment. Harold Ramis also got a writing credit for the film, and also went on to help write Bill Murray's 1991 film Groundhog Day.

  • Now: Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann


    Yet another Saturday Night Live actress is bringing her comedic chops to the big screen! Kate McKinnon plays nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann in what's bound to be an electrifying performance. We think it should be a far stretch from her crowd-pleasing Hillary Clinton impersonation. 

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  • Then: Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz


    With her monotonous voice and can't-do attitude, it's safe to say that Janine Melnitz didn't make the best receptionist, but she sure added a healthy dose of try humor to the film. After Ghostbusters, she also nabbed some voice acting roles, including one as Bo Peep in Toy Story.

  • Now: Chris Hemsworth as Kevin


    Hello, eye candy. This Australian hunk is taking on the role of a pretty, flighty receptionist in the reboot. From the trailer alone, it's clear that this Thor star is taking on his comedic role with ease.

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