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Ghostbusters: Afterlife - watch the first trailer


There's something strange in a brand new neighbourhood in the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Known until last week as Ghostbusters 3, this Jason Reitman-directed adventure is a direct continuation of the first two Ghostbusters movies from 1984 and 1989.

Yep, the controversial Paul Feig reboot, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, has been summarily vaporised, allowing Reitman (Juno) the chance to follow in his father Ivan's footsteps (the latter directed the original films). Here's the new poster.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie poster

Cannily, Reitman has enlisted Finn Wolfhard to get the Stranger Things audience on board, and we begin with actor as Trevor, your archetypal awkward teen who's relocated to a small town with his sister and mother, Phoebe and Callie. They're played by Gone Girl's Carrie Coon and Captain Marvel's Mckenna Grace - only the twist is, they're not living in any normal house.

Instead, their new abode is a creepy old farmhouse, which appears directly connected to the weird Earth tremors and odd happenings in the local area. In a clear sign of how Reitman connects to his father's legacy, Phoebe directly invokes her late grandfather, before discovering an old closet with some very familiar uniforms inside...

It falls to Paul Rudd, playing teacher Mr Grooberson, to fill in the blanks for the millennials. It turns out in the 30 years since the 'Manhattan Crossrip', ie the last explosion of supernatural activity in the Big Apple, no-one has seen a ghost since. But that won't stop the spirit of Bill Murray's fabulously sardonic Peter Venkman invading the trailer - it's his words on fate, luck and karma that precede the kids breaking ECTO-1 out of the garage and taking it for a spin.

So who was their grandfather? Nerdy Egon Spengler (played by the late Harold Ramis)? Venkman himself? Or Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd)? Given most of the surviving Ghostbusters cast members are set to make an appearance, including Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) and Annie Potts (Janine), we can't wait to fill in the blanks.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is released on the 10th of July 2020. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.