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Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig lined up to star in the all-female Ghostbusters remake

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A collection of hilarious comic actresses have been announced to star in the new all-female Ghostbusters remake.

Kristen Wiig, who wrote and starred in Bridesmaids, her co-star in the film Melissa McCarthy have been confirmed to appear, and Saturday Night Live castmembers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are said to be negotiating contracts for the film, which aims to start shooting this summer.

The film's director Paul Feig tweeted a picture of the four actresses' faces yesterday evening, to confirm his satisfaction with his cast.

The director also announced that the planned date for the film to hit cinemas is July 22, 2016.

The remake of the Eighties comedy with a female instead of a male cast was decided upon when Feig was approached to make a sequel to Ghostbusters, but when it became clear he wouldn't be able to secure the original leads, he decided to remake the first film.

He told Entertainment Weekly, "I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today."

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Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd in the original Ghostbusters

Female fans of the original film were delighted to hear the news of an all-female remake, and securing a strong cast of well-established actresses has drummed up yet more excitement.

All four actresses are all over 30 - bucking the typical Hollywood trend for attaching a young actress to a big project like this. They have all worked in comedy since the beginning of their careers - with Wiig a former Saturday Night Live castmember, and McCarthy starting out as an improv actress - showing that Feig is keen to make the film just as hilarious as the first one.

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