Ernie Hudson, who played Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore in the classic Eighties comedy franchise, has filmed a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming, all-female reboot. “Today was one of the most fun days of my career,” the actor tweeted on Saturday, linking a picture of himself with core cast members Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. “Great respect for Paul and this amazing cast of ladies.”
Rumors circulated last week about Hudson’s return to the franchise until Feig confirmed the news via Twitter. “Thanks to the great @Ernie_Hudson for joining us on our last day of production,” the director wrote. “He is a class act and an incredibly talented and funny man.”
The full extent of Hudson’s cameo is unknown – but his appearance marks a drastic change of heart, following an earlier dismissal of the project. In October, the actor told The Telegraph that while he supported the idea of female Ghostbusters, he thought an all-female reboot “would be a bad idea,” adding, “I don’t think the fans want to see that.”
“If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all-female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?” he said. “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny, at least hopefully it’ll be sexy.”
In January, the actor pivoted on that stance, issuing the following statement via The Hollywood Reporter: “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”
The reboot will also feature appearances from original Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Murray will reportedly play a supernatural debunker, while Aykroyd confirmed in July (in a since-deleted tweet) that he filmed a scene with Kristen Wiig, writing, “Lady GB’S are adorable, hilarious and badass.” The original cast’s remaining Ghostbuster, Harold Ramis, died in February 2014.
Feig’s film – which also features Chris Hemsworth as the team’s receptionist – will hit theaters July 15th, 2016.