Emma Stone Passed on ‘Ghostbusters’ And Here’s Why

Emma Stone was on just about everyone’s dream cast list back when it was first announced that Paul Feig would be directing an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Hell, even Bill Murray stated he’d love to see Stone in the cast of the new film. But Stone ultimately passed on the project. So the big question: why?

“The script was really funny,” Stone said in an interview with WSJ Magazine. “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment—it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”

That said, even though she passed on the movie, Stone said she’s gotten a lot of advice from her close friend and Zombieland co-star Bill Murray, who was one of the original Ghostbusters himself.

“He told me to keep some things I love just for me,” Stone said. “The idea is to have some things that you don’t feel like you need to share with the world. To have some things that are only yours.”

Emma Stone Passed on 'Ghostbusters' And Here's Why

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While I’d have absolutely have loved seeing Emma Stone as a Ghostbuster, I can get why she passed. If this movie ends up being a massive success, then she could be locked into countless sequels for years on end. And as a recent Academy Award nominee, I think Stone wants to pursue some broader opportunities. Of course, I can only hope future opportunities don’t cause as much controversy as that time she was cast as an Asian.

The Ghostbusters reboot will be released next July, and will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the four leads, with Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist. I’m cautiously optimistic about this, but Paul Feig and Wiig/McCarthy have delivered in the past, most notably with Bridesmaids. Some audiences seem reluctant about a beloved franchise being rebooted, but I think this could be really good, if given the chance.

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