Ghostbusters: Afterlife received a lot of praise from fans. It performed exceedingly better than its preceding all-female 2016 movie. Many are now wondering about the future of the franchise and Ernie Hudson has graced us with an explanation.

Most surviving cast members of the original Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Hudson, returned in cameo appearances in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. New cast members Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd joined as leads. The film successfully surpassed Marvel’s Eternals at the box office making over $44 million in its opening weekend.

Fans would be happy to know that plans for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 are already underway. It’s possible that the veteran actors like Ernie Hudson who plays Dr. Winston Zeddemore could return for larger roles in the later films.

Hudson, in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, discussed his cameo in the new film and the future of the film series. “Clearly, it’s a new family’s movie so I don’t know if any of the old Ghostbusters can be major players – but being involved as mentors in some way would be a lot of fun. He [Winston] understands the Ghostbusters better than anyone. He’s almost like Sam Jackson’s character [Nick Fury] in the Marvel Universe. Whatever comes out of it, I’d love to see Winston connected to it.”

It seems that regardless of what happens in future sequels, Hudson is on board. Since nostalgia plays a vital role when it comes to “selling” in Hollywood, keeping original cast members is surely a good option to cater to nostalgic fans. However, it’s equally important to balance a new story while also staying true to the overall franchise.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer with a passion for pop culture and entertainment news. With a background in copywriting and academic writing, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Currently pursuing her Masters in Comparative Literature, Shifa also has a love for theatre, teaching, and exploring different cultures and languages.

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