Chris Hemsworth Hired As Ghostbusters Receptionist
Coming off the massive success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, many new doors are probably open to Chris Hemsworth—and it looks like he picked the one marked comedy. According to a tweet by director Paul Feig, the actor has agreed to play the receptionist (a role made famous by Annie Potts) in the gender-reversed reimagining of Ghostbusters.
As anyone who saw Hemsworth earlier this year in Blackhat can attest, the actor doesn’t always fare especially well in dramatic roles, so it’s encouraging to see him veer in the opposite direction. Casting a heartthrob of Hemsworth’s prominence in the receptionist role offers some suggestion of the playful sensibility Feig has in mind for this reboot, which stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy, appearing in her fourth consecutive Feig movie (after mega-hits Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy).
Hemsworth is likely to earn his share of laughs, but expect him to take a backseat to the four leads and some other special effects. “Those four ladies I have starring in it are so funny and that’s half the battle,” Feig told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m going to battle with the best army I have. My whole crew from all my other movies have come aboard, and some great special effects people have come aboard—I have never really done this level of effects before—and I’m excited.”