EXCLUSIVE: Neil Casey has been set to play the villain in Ghostbusters, Sony’s female-driven reboot of the comedy franchise that is being directed by Paul Feig from a script by Feig and Kate Dippold. Shooting is already underway.
Casey is a writer and actor whose scribe credits include Saturday Night Live, where three of the film’s leads — Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — came from. (The fourth, Melissa McCarthy, has been one of SNL‘s best guest hosts over the past few years.) Casey also has written for Inside Amy Schumer and The Kroll Show. On the other side of the camera his acting credits include Veep, Broad City, Playing House, The League and the SXSW film Fort Tilden, which won the 2014 Grand Jury Award for best narrative feature. He currently stars in Feig’s Yahoo original series Other Space.
The reboot of the franchise already has added Chris Hemsworth, who will be playing the male version of Annie Potts’ Janine Melnitz, secretary to the original band of ghostbusters. Details of Casey’s character, Rowan, are being kept under wraps, but he does look a bit like Peter MacNicol, who played the rather harmless bad guy Dr. Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II. The latest Ghostbusters has a July 22, 2016 release date.
Casey is represented by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Dan Fox.