In a recent interview with IGN, director Jason Reitman has officially confirmed Frozen star Josh Gad’s involvement in Sony Pictures’ long-awaited Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Juno filmmaker revealed that he enlisted Gad to voice one of the sequel’s newest ghosts named Muncher, who has been teased a lot in previously released trailers.
“Josh and I ran into each other on the Sony lot, and I was like ‘Hey, do you want to come voice this ghost?’ He was like ‘yes,’ and he literally just walked in the room,” Reitman said. “We were literally in a room at the time, he walked right in, he started doing sounds, and that is where the sound of Muncher came from.”
Last year, Gad hosted a Ghostbusters reunion for his quarantine show Reunited Apart. The episode featured the appearances of Ivan and Jason Reitman along with Ghostbuster alums Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts, who are all expected to return in the upcoming threequel.
In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, in hopes of starting a new life, a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town to move into a beaten-down farmhouse in Oklahoma that they’ve inherited from their grandfather. However, they soon discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
The film stars Carrie Coon as Callie, Mckenna Grace as Phoebe, Finn Wolfhard as Trevor, and Paul Rudd as Mr. Grooberson. Joining them are original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts as they reprise their respectively iconic roles as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, Dana Barrett, and Janine Melnitz.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Tully) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist). Reitman is officially taking over from his father Ivan Reitman who helmed the first two films, with the original director serving as a producer.
The film is currently slated to arrive in theaters this Friday, November 19.