Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – Release date, cast, trailer, plot & more

Jessica Filby
The Ghostbuster running alongside their iconic car ECTO-1.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel that combines old cast with new. Here’s everything we know about the movie, including new plot details, and the most recent trailer.

Much like the colorful characters at its center, Ghostbusters is a franchise that refuses to die. The first movie was one of the most successful family films of all-time when it hit screens in 1984, combining the comedy of SNL legends like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd with cutting-edge special effects that made it a bona fide blockbuster.

A lacklustre sequel belatedly followed in 1989; one that didn’t quite recapture the magic. While an all-female Ghostbusters —and failed—to reboot the franchise in 2016.

But Ghostbusters: Afterlife managed that feat in 2021, with Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, and Carrie Coon starring, and some of the classic lineup making cameos. While in 2024, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire unites young and old to try and prevent a new Ice Age from hitting New York. Here’s everything we know about the new movie.


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire release date – When’s it out?

After a few changes over the last couple of years, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now playing worldwide as of March 22, 2024.

At the moment, the only way to watch Frozen Empire is to head to the theater.

Having shifted around the release calendar multiple times, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire now has a confirmed date. The movie’s original due date was December 20, 2023 thanks to its official announcement during CinemaCon in 2022.

However, the film was pushed back to March 29, 2024, amid the SAG-AFTRA strikes. Until finally settling on a US release date of March 22, 2024.

Before then, Frozen Empire will premiere in New York City on March 14, 2024.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire cast – Who’s in it?

Here’s the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire cast, alongside character names where we have them:

  • Finn Wolfhard: Trevor Spengler
  • Mckenna Grace: Phoebe Spengler
  • Celeste O’Connor: Lucky Domingo
  • Carrie Coon: Callie Spengler
  • Paul Rudd: Gary Grooberson
  • Ernie Hudson: Dr. Winston Zeddemore
  • Bill Murray: Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Dan Aykroyd: Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz
  • Annie Potts: Janine Melnitz
  • William Atherton: Walter Peck
  • Kumail Nanjiani as Nadeem Razmaadi
  • Patton Oswalt as Dr. Hubert Wartzki
  • James Acaster: Lars Pinfield
  • Emily Alyn Lind

Gil Kenan directs the movie, from a script he co-wrote with Ghostbusters: Afterlife helmer Jason Reitman. As for tone, Kumail Nanjani compared the movie to cartoon spinoff The Real Ghostbusters, Tweeting: “The filmmakers wanted to make a long episode of the animated series. So if you love that show as I do, be excited.”

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – Is there a trailer?

A full, and very detailed trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire hit YouTube at the end of January 2024, and you can watch it here:

The first official teaser arrived in late 2023, and can be viewed below:

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire plot – What’s it about?

Frozen Empire will see the Spengler family go back to the roots of the original Ghostbusters stories and unite the classic team once more.

Here’s the official synopsis for the movie, as per Sony: “The Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.”

For more Ghostbusters content, we’ve got the lowdown on the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire ending and a breakdown of how many Ghostbusters movies there are. We’ve also discussed whether there’ll be another Ghostbusters movie after this one, too.