When news dropped last month that Gil Kenan would be taking over directorial duties for the new Ghostbusters film, it was announced that Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon would be back to reprise their roles alongside Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘s ensemble cast, with Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard confirming their involvement in separate interviews.
One name absent from previous reports but more than expected to return was original Ghostbuster star, Ernie Hudson, with the actor admitting to ComicBook.com that he had read a draft of the script, mentioning that he was “very happy with it,” but still hadn’t negotiated a deal.
In an update, Hudson, a guest on today’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, was asked about the upcoming sequel, with his answer finally confirming his involvement.
“There will be another Ghostbusters that I can definitely say,” adding, “Thanks to all the fans. They loved [Ghostbusters: Afterlife], so we’ll be making another Ghostbusters.“
In Afterlife, Winston is said to have coined a fortune, with many fans expecting the character to be the Ghostbusters’ financial backing within the upcoming film, with Hudson saying:
“And I’m happy to say that Winston, the character that I play, is now a billionaire, so he has a little bit more freedom.”
Given the sequel is said to pick up the story following the events of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Hudson will likely have a more significant role within the forthcoming film, with Winston last seen returning the Ecto-1 to the New York City headquarters.
The sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, codenamed Firehouse, is said to begin filming this March in the United Kingdom and is slated for a December 20th, 2023, release date.