First Trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife Uncovers Family Secrets

The sequel is shaping up to be a high-stakes paranormal history lesson in one small, rural town.

By Chris Morse

The official trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife is here at last and it's filled with plenty of clues and information for fans of the franchise to dissect, the least of all is a fine collection of spores, molds, and fungus. It looks like the Spengler grandkids are right on track to take up the proton packs and bust some ghosts in this small town with a mysterious earthquake problem.

This sequel will pick up decades after the original when there hasn't been a ghost sighting in 30 years, which squarely rules out the 2016 reboot being a part of the same universe (but that isn't exactly unexpected at this point). Nonetheless, the trailer features a handful of very familiar teases and it's looking like this will be a fun continuation and appropriate passing-of-the-torch for the series. Give it a watch below and read on for more details on what to expect from the film.

The story follows a mother, Callie (Carrie Coon), and her two kids, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), who uproot to another town for a fresh start. Soon, they begin to uncover their mysterious family ties to the Ghostbusters of old.

As for the rest of the cast, our newcomers are led by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, who is playing the part of teacher Mr. Grooberson, an expert on the so-called “Manhattan Crossrip,” which is the name given to what happened in New York during the original films. Joining him are young stars Celeste O’Connor and Logan Kim to presumably round out the new group of young paranormal investigators.

On the returning stars side, fans can expect to see the surviving original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson all back in the fold. Additionally, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts confirmed their returns to their respective roles of Dana Barrett and Janine Melnitz in what sounds like one big family reunion for the cast of the original film. All that’s missing are the ghosts, but I suspect they will come around soon enough.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman, with the latter also directing, and will hit theaters next summer on July 10th, 2020. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on this film ahead.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo