A new Ghostbusters movie is on its way — and this one has a female-driven cast.
The Ghostbusters reboot has long been in the works, with many different stars attached to the project. At one point, the original director, Ivan Reitman, had agreed to return with Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson reprising their roles from the first film. But Bill Murray proved difficult to lock down. Reitman then left the film after Ramis passed away last year, at which point the producers approached Paul Feig to reconceive the project.
Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) will direct the reboot of the poltergeist policing movie with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in ongoing negotiations to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter (not, as was originally reported, officially attached).
Feig’s rep clarified in a statement provided to TIME Wednesday: “Melissa has not officially signed on for the project. She, along with the other three women, are still in negotiations for the film, as things like scheduling, etc. still need to be worked out – so as of now, no one in the cast is officially confirmed.”
But if their resumes are any indication, these women would have no problem measuring up to the 1984 cast. Plus, Bill Murray himself said in an interview that he thought McCarthy and Wiig would be perfect for the film. Not a bad endorsement.
So, meet your new (likely) Ghostbusters:
Updated Jan. 28, 2015: This story has been updated to include Paul Feig’s statement on the potential cast.
If you were conscious during the summer of 2011, you know and love Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy from Feig’s Bridesmaids. Producers are obviously hoping to create movie magic again by reuniting the two stars with the director.
After Bridesmaids, McCarthy and Feig worked together on The Heat in 2013 and in this summer’s Spy, which stars McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jude Law. In between big summer comedies, McCarthy somehow manages to find time to shoot her TV show Mike & Molly and indies like Bill Murray’s St. Vincent.
Wiig has been equally busy. The comedian spent nine years on Saturday Night Live, where she popularized characters like Penelope and Gilly. After graduating from the late night show last year, she starred in the indie Skeleton Twins and the blockbuster Anchorman 2. She also lent her voice to How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Her. (Yep — she was SexyKitten from the beginning of the film.)
Jones joined Saturday Night Live early in 2014 and was promoted to feature player in the fall. She stirred controversy in her first appearance on the show by making jokes about slavery on Weekend Update; since she’s become a valuable new addition, adding much-needed commentary to the show’s antics. She’s guested on comedies like Workaholics and The League and recently graced the big screen as Lisa in Chris Rock’s comedy Top Five.
Another current SNL cast member, Kate McKinnon is best-known for her Justin Bieber imitation on the show. She’s a Upright Citizens Brigade alum — the improv comedy group that helped launch Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City. Ghostbusters will be her first major feature film.