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New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Chosen, Including Kate McKinnon, SNL’s First Openly Lesbian Cast Member

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live duo Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, have been cast in the new all-female cast Ghostbusters.

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Negotiations are ongoing, but the quartet are expected to sign on as the Paul Feig-directed, poltergeist-punishing, phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.

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Kate McKinnon has been on SNL since 2012 and last year was nominated for an Emmy for her work. She is the first openly gay woman hired by SNL in its 37-year run, and says her sexuality actually helps her comedy.

“As minorities, we’re on the fringe, and there’s just something so wonderful about that perspective, something so inspiring.”

Kate McKinnon

Her role Ghostbusters will be the next leap for her career, pushing deeper into a more mainstream audience.

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