Bill Murray has finally agreed to return to the Ghostbusters franchise after speaking with the stars of the reboot, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
The veteran actor played Dr. Peter Venkman in the 1984 film and its sequel and he made it clear throughout the years that he was not interested in reprising the role for a third film.
However, in early August, Murray was spotted in Boston, Massachusetts where the new all-girl Ghostbusters movie has been filming, sparking speculation he had had a change of heart.
And in an interview with Vulture.com, he confirmed he would be making a cameo in the much-anticipated movie, after meeting with director Paul Feig, Wiig, and his St. Vincent co-star, McCarthy.
“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there…. I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really,” Murray said.
“It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval on my part.”
Murray said McCarthy and Wiig are hard to say no to. “…And Paul is a real nice fellow… They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow them or anything, and I feel really good about it.”
Ghostbusters, which also features comediennes Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and Murray’s old castmate Dan Aykroyd, is slated to hit cinemas in July, 2016.