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Dan Aykroyd’s cameo in Ghostbusters has been given away

What makes you feel good: a) Bustin’ or b) Spoilin’?

If you fall into the former camp, chances are you’ll want to look away now and go into the all-female Ghostbusters reboot with fresh eyes.

Word is that franchise faves Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver will all cameo as all new characters when the film hits cinemas in just over a month, though one actor we already knew was sure to appear was Dan Aykroyd, the same spectre-taming stalwart who's been trying to get a new Ghostbusters film off the ground since 1989’s hit sequel.

And now we know just who he’s playing: a six-second clip in a new UK TV spot (uploaded by eagle-eyed fans to YouTube and swiftly removed by Sony Pictures) sees new Ghostbuster Kirsten Wiig interacting with a New York taxi driver as a supernatural army invades the city. That cabbie? You guessed it, Dan Aykroyd.

The reveal comes as Aykroyd took to Facebook to defend the film from internet ‘haters’, claiming he’s seen a cut and it’s terrific. But then he would say that.

Could it be that the negative response to the first trailer, which even Melissa McCarthy has since admitted was “very confusing”, has seen studio execs to turning to some familiar faces in order to win back the trust of older fans?

In truth, given the fact they used it an ad, it’s not much of a spoiler, more a missed opportunity by the marketing team to keep the best surprises until cinemagoers can watch the action comedy in its entirety. Who knows, maybe our Bill Murray theory will hold up too.

Something tell us (*cough, pre-sales, cough*) it won’t be the last cameo we see before now and 11 July.