Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) gets ready to not be afraid of ghosts.
Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) gets ready to not be afraid of ghosts.
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Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside. The debut trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife takes the spectral hunting out of the city and into a small town, where a family with surprising connections to the original Ghostbusters is forced to return to their roots and bust some rural ghosts.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman and produced by Ivan Reitman, presents the next chapter in the Ghostbusters series—and it’s quite different from its predecessors. The sad, somber trailer centers around a single mom named Callie (Carrie Coon), who moves into a mansion owned by her late father, who she never really knew.

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It turns out, her father was Dr. Egon Spengler, played by the late Harold Ramis in the original Ghostbusters and its sequel. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given how his granddaughter Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) is his spitting image. However, it does raise some questions about when Spengler had a child, why she wasn’t part of his life, and why Callie was seemingly kept secret from everyone he knew. Considering a few of those old friends of Egon will be appearing in Afterlife, it’ll be an intriguing mystery to uncover.

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As Phoebe and her brother Travis (Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard) explore the old and creepy mansion, they learn all about their grandfather and his legacy as a member of the Ghostbusters—partially thanks to their science teacher, played by Paul Rudd. Together, they uncover a strange, supernatural occurrence underneath their small town and have to work together to stop it. I’m guessing it’s going to involve the busting of some ghosts—because of course—including Slimer, who makes a mischievous appearance during the trailer.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife arrives in theaters in summer 2020.


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