Ghostbusters: Afterlife will see the return of almost every original cast member. Everyone except Rick Moranis, that is, as according to sources, Moranis will not reprise his role as the nosey neighbor, Louis Tully.
The original cast members, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will all appear in the film. Harold Ramis, meanwhile, passed away in 2014, but writer/director Jason Reitman still managed to find a way to make his character, Egon Spengler, integral to the plot.
As for Moranis, he’s all but retired from acting. The only on screen appearance he’s made in the last 20 years was reprising his famous character, Bob McKenzie, in Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary, a TV movie documentary from 2007.
Of course, he was offered a chance to appear in Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, but declined it, saying at the time –“I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me,” Moranis previously told The Hollywood Reporter of the reboot. “Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”
It’s certainly disappointing to hear that he won’t be involved in Afterlife, as he was one of the more memorable characters from the original film. How the studio was able to get Murray and not Moranis is remarkable, but he appears to be content with living a quiet life away from the industry.