Emma Stone Totally Turned Down Ghostbusters

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As you may remember, actress Emma Stone was once rumoured as a frontrunner for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. According to a recent interview with the actress, this was more than just a rumour, but she ultimately decided not to get slimed.

While Stone concedes that “the script was really funny,” her experience as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 left her with mixed feelings about franchise filmmaking. “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “A franchise is a big commitment—it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”

So what exactly is it that she turned down? While there has been no shortage of casting announcements, most of the plot for the new Ghostbusters movie has stayed under wraps—until now. With production about to get underway in Boston (even though the movie’s set in New York), The Boston Herald was able to offer a quick overview:

[Kristen] Wiig and [Melissa] McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.”

The new Ghostbusters arrives in theatres on July 22nd, 2016. In the meantime, take a few minutes to celebrate the original’s 30th anniversary… a year late.