Ernie Hudson Talks Ghostbusters Cameo, and Returning Along with Most of the Original Crew
Hudson played Winston Zeddemore in the original Ghostbusters films
Break out the Ecto Cooler, the original Ghostbusters are coming back!
Ernie Hudson filmed a cameo in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot – and he’s far from the only star to embrace their proton pack-wielding days.
“I have a cameo,” Hudson, 70, told PEOPLE at the American Black Film Festival Awards on Monday. “I came back, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney [Weaver], Annie Potts. So we all came to support the film.”
Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd famously played the original ghostbusters in the 1984 film. Weaver played their first customer in need of some supernatural toasting, while Potts was their loyal secretary.
But don’t expect to see them fighting alongside the new female-led cast. According to Hudson, who portrayed Winston Zeddemore, all of their cameos “come in at quite different times” throughout the film.
And after working with the new gender-swapped ghost-busting crew – including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wigg, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – Hudson said he’s confident the reboot will be just as good as the original.
“They’re extraordinarily funny and there’s a great chemistry with them,” he said. “I think it’s going to be very good. The script I knew was good. I knew the special effects would be amazing. But I was really pleasantly surprised to see how the women kind of gelled together.”
Director Paul Feig expressed a similar sentiment at the Athena Film Festival on Saturday, praising the leading ladies for their comedic work on the film.
“I just love the female sense of humor,” he told PEOPLE. “You just kind of buckle your seatbelt and let them do their thing and guide them if they need it. But they really just took the ball and ran with it.”
Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15, 2016.
• Reporting by SCOTT HUVER and CHANCELLOR AGARD