Why Jennifer Lawrence Wasn't in 'Ghostbusters'

jennifer lawrence ghostbusters cast paul feig jlaw photos director comedy
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Not Cast in ‘Ghostbusters’ Remake

Jennifer Lawrence ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but the timing just wasn’t right for the admitted fangirl to star in Paul Feig‘s “Ghostbusters” reboot.

“I told her, ‘Hey I’m doing this thing. And she’s like, ‘Oh my god, I love Ghostbusters!’” the director tells Yahoo! of a meeting over dinner with the in-demand actress.

‘Ghostbusters’ Director Paul Feig ‘Desperate’ to Work With Jennifer Lawrence

“I’m desperate to work with her, but I didn’t even entertain it very long because I just knew the schedules didn’t sync up at all,” Feig explained. “We had such a very definitive window to shoot it in.”

RELATED: ‘Ghostbusters’ Director Defends Leslie Jones in Race Controversy

The overlapping shooting schedule conflicted with Lawrence’s commitment to “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Fans went wild over speculation that Lawrence was to star in Feig’s all-female remake when she admitted to MTV UK in 2014 that she met with the filmmaker.

Ultimately, Feig wrangled Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to revive the action-comedy.

Recently, the director spoke out in defense of Jones after a race controversy erupted on social media over casting Jones, a black actress, in the role of a transit worker while her white counterparts were cast as scientists.

Responding to the “haters” on Twitter, Feig wrote: “Attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you’ve crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone.”

Jones tweeted that she was “confused” by the backlash. “Why can’t a regular person be a ghostbuster. Im confused,” Jones responded to criticism on Twitter. “And why can’t i be the one who plays them i am a performer. Just go see the movie!”

An updated trailer for the film, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Perkins and Sigourney Weaver, was released Wednesday. Take a peek below.  “Ghostbusters” opens July 15.

Comments