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1984 Cadillac DeVille Hearse to be Featured in ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

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The new Ghostbusters remake will feature a 1984 Cadillac DeVille hearse as its new Ecto-1

The Ecto-1 used in the Ghostbusters reboot is a bit different from the vehicle used in the original

Besides featuring an all-female cast headlined by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, the upcoming Ghostbusters remake will be different from the original in that the Ecto-1 will no longer be a 1959 Cadillac ambulance, but instead has been replaced with a 1984 Cadillac DeVille hearse.

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The Ghostbusters reboot will hit theaters on July 15th. In the film’s story line, Leslie Jones’ character, Patty Tolan, borrows the Cadillac hearse from her uncle who runs a funeral home. The rest of the cast doesn’t seem to be in love with the black-and-red hearse from the beginning, but after a few modifications are made, along with a new paint job, the ladies start warming up to the vehicle.

“Patty borrows (the hearse) from her uncle then we transform it into a dream car,” said actress Kate McKinnin, who plays the character of Jillian Holtzmann in the reboot. “The Ecto-1, it should be called the Ecto-10.”

Also, it’s fitting the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot will feature a Cadillac from the 1984 model, since that’s the precise year the original movie starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray was released to theaters. Interestingly, the Cadillac ambulance Ecto-1 used in the original movie was designed to keep people alive, while the new Cadillac hearse Ecto-1 is meant to carry around dead people.

“When we set out to make Ghostbusters, Katie Dippold and I sat down and said, ‘Okay, what would we be really bummed if we didn’t see?’ ” aked Director Paul Feig. “There were a lot of things: Proton packs, ghost traps, and slime, but the main, number one thing we said was the Ecto-1.”

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