When the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters was announced, the news became a source of controversy due to its all-female lead cast, and Kristen Wiig — one of the four leading ladies who will be busting ghosts when the film hits theaters — addressed that backlash in a recent interview.
After discussing her latest film, Nasty Baby, the Los Angeles Times asked if Wiig ever worked on a film with so much attention and controversy. She responded, “No. And the fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me. Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”
Some of the “really not nice things” were aimed at director Paul Feig, who told EW in a previous interview, “I just don’t understand why it’s ever an issue anymore. I’ve promoted both Bridesmaids and The Heat and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, ‘will this answer the question of whether women can be funny? I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation.”
Wiig stars alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the new reboot that takes place in a time separate from the original films. Chris Hemsworth plays the male equivalent of Annie Potts’ secretary Janine, while Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akyroyd, and Sigourney Weaver will all make cameos.
“For me it’s just more of a no-brainer,” Feig said. “I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. I want to see that energy and that type of comedy and them going up against these ghosts and going up against human detractors and rivals and that kind of thing. When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?”
Ghostbusters is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016.