Back in August last year, excitement was rife at the rumours that 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, was due to get a much-needed dusting down and an all-female cast reboot. Since then, rather disappointing developments have seen gender inequality (as well as unashamed pay inequality) in Hollywood brought to unavoidable light (read about it here). But with Charlize Theron’s recent triumph with equal pay, as well as the confirmation of the female line-up of the Ghostbusters remake (and a stellar one at that), could this mean that things are looking up for women in Hollywood?
Bridesmaids co-stars, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will reunite for the reboot – rather predictable choices, as Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids will be taking the helm as director. Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon of celebrated late-night show, Saturday Night Live, have also been added to the cast, the four comediennes taking over from the original ghost-exterminators Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Eamis.
With other notable female-cast films coming out this year, such as recently released Wild (led by Reese Witherspoon), Still Alice (Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart), and Cake (with Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick), could this be a sure sign of Hollywood beginning to take women more seriously?