Mckenna Grace, who can currently be seen in theaters as the young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, has landed a lead role in Sony Pictures‘ upcoming Ghostbusters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 12-year-old actress is joining Carrie Coon (Widows, The Sinner) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT Chapter Two) to play a family in the new film.
The sequel to the Ghostbusters movies made in the 1980s will center on four teens, one set older, one set younger, with a focus on one family in particular. The trade adds that “Grace has been described as the ostensible lead, with Wolfhard playing her brother and Coon her single mother.”
Director Jason Reitman confirmed the news today on his social channels.
Mckenna Grace’s credits include The Haunting of Hill House, Young Sheldon, Fuller House, Designated Survivor, Troop Zero, and the upcoming Annabelle Comes Home.
The new Ghostbusters movie, opening in theaters on July 10, 2020, is set in the world of the original two films, which were directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day,” said Jason Reitman previously.
Filming is expected to start in a few months. Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan.