Mckenna Grace, last seen playing a young Carol Danvers in Marvel Studio’s “Captain Marvel,” has booked the lead role in Sony’s “Ghostbusters” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
Sony has slated Jason Reitman’s sequel to be released on July 20, 2020.
The story centers on a single mom and her children. Mckenna Grace will play the daughter, while Carrie Coon is in talks to play the mom, and Finn Wolfhard is in talks to play her son.
Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 film, will write, direct and produce. The currently untitled film will go into production this summer.
Described as “the next chapter” in the story started in 1984, it will involve the passing of a torch to a new generation of paranormal investigators. It will be the second official sequel following 1988’s “Ghostbusters 2.”
The film will have no connection to the 2016 film directed by Paul Feig that starred Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
The original “Ghostbusters” starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver, made $242.2 million in lifetime grosses domestically and more than $295 million worldwide.
Grace is currently starring in Amazon’s coming-of-age movie “Troop Zero” and can be seen opposite Kiefer Sutherland in ABC’s “Designated Survivor.” Her film co-starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, “Annabelle Comes Home,” opens June 28.
Grace is repped by Paradigm, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.