By Gabe Toro | The Playlist November 24, 2010 at 2:03AM
Anna Faris Also Linked To Film
A flurry of activity surrounds the still-gestating "Ghostbusters 3," and while some of it smells fishy, there still remains the possibility of a kernel of truth. The guys at What's Playing have apparently unearthed some casting news from their source at Sony, who can't confirm the hot rumor that Sony is high on Anna Faris, but will go on record saying former "Saturday Night Live" castmates Will Forte and Bill Hader may be candidates to join this newest incarnation of the franchise.
“Dunno. First I’ve heard of [Anna Faris]. Heard Will Forte’s name mentioned and Bill Hader, but not Faris. I’m not in on all that though, so she could be; [Sony] does like her,” the source said.
Forte, who recently left "SNL," was last seen in "MacGruber," but with that effort being as well-received as "The Ladies Man," his career may be in trouble. Hader, meanwhile, has built a diverse body of work, but remains only in quirky supporting roles. The duo, easily the most talented cast members in recent "SNL" history, could certainly use a break -- Hader's specialty lies in demented impersonations and a memorably elastic face, while Forte's, uh, forte. is rooted in aggressively ersatz alt-comedy stylings.
Knowing how original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray rose up the same ranks, it wouldn't be a surprise to see these two enlisted. We also find it plausible a talented comedienne like Faris would be enlisted as well, an upgrade over Aykroyd's (probably drunken) overtures to Eliza Dushku.
There's also word that Sony is holding casting calls in Los Angeles and Chicago for young men and women ages 18-30. This notice confirms that Aykroyd has re-written the script, and that shooting is to begin in Chicago in May 2011, which jives with speculation about start dates earlier in the month. And apparently you can audition for "Ghostbusters 3" yourself -- what are you waiting for?