The original ghost-busting 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor is back.
With so many films delayed last year due to the pandemic, 2021 is shaping up to be a bumper year for car-centric movies. After a 14-month long delay, 'Fast & Furious 9' finally raced into theaters this month and took the franchise into outer space. James Bond's 'No Time to Die' is also releasing in October after it was originally slated for April 2020.
Another film that suffered several delays is 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife,' the eagerly-anticipated sequel to 'Ghostbusters II' that retcons the poorly received 2016 'Ghostbusters' reboot. Originally, 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' was supposed to come out in July 2020, but the wait is nearly over as a new action-packed trailer confirms the long-awaited sequel will release in November.
Directed by Jason Reitman, 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard who play a new family that moves to a small rural town after inheriting a creepy old farmhouse from Egon Spengler, the father of single mother Callie played by Coon.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson also reprise their roles from the first and second Ghostbusters movies. We get a glimpse of the original cast in the trailer, but the real star for us is Ecto-1, one of Hollywood's coolest cars. In the all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot, Ecto-1 was replaced with a 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham hearse. We were worried the new Ecto-1 would be used as product placement for the new Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV, but thankfully 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' marks the return of the original classic 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor.
In the trailer, the group discovers Ecto-1 abandoned in a barn and starts it up as it's the only car in the barn with an engine. After taking it for a ride in a cornfield, the kids discover some of Ecto-1's gadgets including a revolving gunner seat. Towards the end of the trailer, we get to see Ecto-1 in action on the streets as it chases down ghosts taking over the town.
It's obvious the kids will learn more about their grandfather's legacy, become ghostbusters, and use Ecto-1 to save the day, and we can't wait to go along for the ride. Ecto-1 isn't the only callback as the trailer is filled with nostalgic references to the original film, from tiny Stay-Puft marshmallow men attacking Paul Rudd to Slimer and what looks like a demon dog. We'll get to see Ecto-1 in action on the big screen when 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' releases in theaters on November 11, just in time for Thanksgiving.