intro: Now that "Ghostbusters 3" director Paul Feig has made it clear he’s looking for three “hilarious women” for the new movie, the female stars are lining up for the parts.
Earlier this month, Feig tweeted, "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call.”
That prompted Bill Murray, the star of the first two "Ghostbuster" films, to speculate on stars he'd like to see the new film -- though it hasn't been cast yet.
"Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny -- God, she’s funny!" he told the Toronto Star in early September. "I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there," Murray said.
Now, some of those funny girls have responded. Keep reading to see who’s ready to take the call.
quicklist: title: Mindy Kaling text: In her 2011 book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” comedian and sitcom star Mindy Kaling, 35, once cast her fantasy squad of female Ghostbusters. In addition to herself, it included Emily Blunt, Taraji P. Hinson and Natalie Portman. Now that the movie is a reality, Kaling played it coy when asked about it by New York magazine’s Vulture. “I love Paul, and I would never deign to take up his time by lobbying,” she demurred. “It’s such a amazing movie, that the whole area of speculating on it is … I think it’s out of my pay grade.”
quicklist: title: Emma Stone text: “Amazing Spider-Man” star Emma Stone, 25, also played it cool when Vulture asked her about Murray’s endorsement. “That’s very nice,” she said, before quipping, “I want to see Bill Murray in a female ‘Ghostbusters.’”
quicklist: title: Gillian Anderson text: Far from playing it cool, former “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson, 46, made it clear she’s interested in a role. “OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online,” she wrote during a Reddit Ask me Anything session. “Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I’m free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, godd***it!” When a Reddit user offered to campaign on her behalf she added: “MAKE IT HAPPEN!!”