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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will finally see Janine become a Ghostbuster

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Frozen Empire will see Janine become a GhostbusterSony Pictures

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will see Janine Melnitz finally become a Ghostbuster.

The character has been a staple of the franchise since its early days, acting as secretary to the Ghostbusters – most recently appearing in 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

However, it has now been confirmed by actress Annie Potts that Janine will join the ranks of the main Ghostbusters in the upcoming sequel.

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“It’s a desperate situation, so it’s all hands on deck," she told Empire. "It turns out Janine is quite capable – as most women tend to be when given the chance.”

The actress further revealed that Janine's new role wasn’t in the original script, explaining: “It came as a real surprise. We were weeks into shooting and Gil [Kenan, director] came up to me and said, ‘We think it’s time… We’re gonna have you suit up.’”

The star continued: “I have to say I did [get a kick out of it]. Janine has served long and well, and I felt like she was finally getting her stripes, you know?

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"She’s clearly stayed in touch with the guys [between Ghostbusters II and Frozen Empire], and she’s really been the keeper of the flame at the Firehouse. The Ghostbusters are kind of superheroes, so it’s very nice to finally be seen in that way, too.”

However, Potts kept quiet on what kit Janine will get – though we do know it will be something new to fans.

“It’s… not a proton pack," she teased. "Thank God I didn’t have to put a pack on, because they’re murderously heavy, and us OGs are getting on a bit.”

Frozen Empire will see the Spengler family team up with the original Ghostbusters team – namely Bill Murray's Peter Venkman, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore and Dan Aykroyd's Raymond Stantz, who have created a top-secret research lab.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is released in cinemas on March 29.


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