New Release Date Set for Y&R’s McKenna Grace’s Postponed Film ‘Ghostbusters Afterlife’
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Young and Restless alum sports short dark hair, glasses, proton pack in summer blockbuster.
Updated March 31: The upcoming release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife film starring Young and Restless alum McKenna Grace (Faith Newman), originally slated for July, has been postponed by Sony due to the current situation across North America with theatres temporarily closed and film-goers on lockdown for an indeterminate amount of time. Though some movies have gone straight to streaming, Soaps.com can report that Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now set to premiere in theatres on March 5, 2021.
As reported by Soaps.com back in April 2019, Young and Restless alum who played Faith Newman, McKenna Grace stars in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and new details have emerged about the upcoming film, which is the latest installment in Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters franchise, and unrelated to the 2016 all-female reboot. Original cast members Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) and Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett) have all been on the film’s set in Canada and will reprise their characters. Missing are Rick Moranis (Louis Tully), who is no longer acting, and Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), who passed away in 2014. Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on a new family, that of single mother Callie, played by Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) and her two children, Phoebe (Grace) and Trevor, who is played by actor Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things, It, and It Chapter Two. Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Avengers: Endgame) gets into the action as well as the family’s neighbor, Mr. Grooberson.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set 36 years after the original Ghostbusters, as Callie and her family move into a time-worn farmhouse in Oklahoma where the town has been experiencing unexplained earthquakes and strange goings-on. It’s all being documented by a local teacher, Mr. Grooberson, who, along with the new family, connects the present-day happenings to events that occurred three decades prior. Alluding to McKenna Grace’s character, Phoebe, Reitman told Vanity Fair, “Before I ever thought I could make a Ghostbusters film, the image of a 12-year-old girl carrying a proton pack popped into my head and just wouldn’t leave. Eventually, I knew who she was. I’m floored by the idea of what it would be like to find a proton pack in your grandparents’ basement. What would that discovery reveal about who you are and what adventures you’re about to go on?” Murray gave the new movie a thumbs-up and stated, “The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting.”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is slated to make its way into theaters in July.
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