J. K. Simmons is cast as Ivo Shandor on Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The character appears after Ivo Shandor's old nemesis, Gozer the Gozerian, begins to ascend.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has officially opened in theaters, continuing the iconic franchise for both old and new fans. We'll reveal who the returning character Ivo Shandor is in a moment.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, helmed by Jason Reitman, depicts siblings Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) as they relocate with their mom to their grandpa's old barn in Summerville.
The kids link up with local teacher Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) to figure out what's causing the weird tremors and what terrible event the brothers' grandfather was planning for.
J. K. Simmons Plays Ivo Shandor in Ghostbusters Afterlife
Ivo Shandor made a brief appearance in Ghostbusters: Afterlife after waking up from his slumber by the kids seeking to thwart Gozer's ascension.
Ivo is depicted sleeping under a glass coffin before waking up and bursting out, much to the astonishment of the young characters – even if nothing was shocking at this time.
Ivo is depicted as the leader and fervent disciple of the Cult of Gozer in Ghostbusters mythos — a figure who was previously an architect and doctor by profession.
In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, he appears since the old nemesis, Gozer the Gozerian, was ascending and his ghost arose with him.
Despite the fact that Ivo has a little role in the movie, J. K. Simmons plays him.
While most of Simmons' fans are expecting him to reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), the actor looks completely different in his mad scientist persona.
A Bit on Ivo Shandor's Background
Ivo Shandor was the architect of 550 Central Park West, popularly known as 'Spook Central,' where the cult leader and other devotees would practice ceremonies on the building's rooftop, according to the first Ghostbusters movie, released in 1984.
Ivo was also the major antagonist in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, where the paranormal investigators engaged in a heated confrontation with the leader, who was eventually defeated.