Paul Rudd confirmed his casting in a new Ghostbusters film by posing in front of Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8, the Manhattan firehouse used as the location for exterior shots of the Ghostbusters clubhouse in the first two films from the series. Both were set in New York City, but we now have evidence that the sequel to Ghostbusters II will take place in a rural area.
The first full trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife comes out on Monday, but Vanity Fair is tiding us over with four revealing stills from the new film. The overriding impression they leave? We’re not in New York anymore.
Two of the four shots show expansive fields, farmland that you just can’t find in the five boroughs. There’s also a photo of Rudd holding a ghost trap and Finn Wolfhard standing in the doorway of a spooky barn, presumably the same one we saw the Ecto-1 revving up in during the teaser trailer for the film released in January.
Interestingly, the Ecto-1 in this picture is the car from the first movie not Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters II. Why the newer model wouldn’t be the one hidden in the barn is kind of confusing, but we have to admit it’s nice to see the old gal skidding through fields. Still, the car is kind of wrong. Assuming it’s the same car when we last saw it in 1989, it looked like this:
Now, obviously, the new film is banking on the nostalgia people have from the original 1984 film, but still! The 1989 movie isn’t half as bad as everyone says!
In addition to the photos, Vanity Fair also has some more details on the plot of the film. Carrie Coons plays the mother to Mckenna Grace and Wolfhard as they move to Oklahoma after inheriting property from her father, whom she never knew. (Probably Egon’s son?) We already know that Sigourney Weaver, Billy Murray, and Dan Aykroyd are reprising their roles in the new film, and hopefully, they’ll make it into a trailer dropping on Monday’s
Given that the Ecto-1 is just stashed in the barn on his property, it’s a safe bet that he was one of the original Ghostbusters who were there for the Manhattan Crossrip, that time a massive marshmallow man stumbled around New York and there was a nuclear power-heavy battle against Gozer the ancient Sumerian god.
“As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters,” Jason Reitman, taking over directing duties from his father Ivan, said. “Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves.”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife comes to theaters on July 10, 2020.