Let the Scream 4 casting rumors begin, and begin with a bang at that. According to THR, Lake Bell is in the midst of negotiations and offers have been sent Ashley Greene, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin’s way. But that’s not all--the article reveals the roles they’re going for, and they reveal some juicy plot details.

Much of the team from the first film--Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox-- are returning, which means the newcomers have to be tied into the characters we know. If all goes to plan, Bell will play a police officer who knew Campbell's Sidney, while Greene gets a juicier role as Sidney’s cousin, Jill, and the series’ new leading lady.

It’s thrilling to hear they’ve decided to keep the Scream films in the family and not ditch the original characters completely in this passing-of-the-torch effort. Yes, we need some hot young stars for a fresh look, but cutting off ties to the original films, minus Mr. Ghostface of course, would have been devastating.

As for the remaining two potentials, Panettiere will play Jill’s film geek friend and Culkin Greene’s love interest. Do we have a new Randy and Billy in the making? Maybe, but we won’t know for quite some time. Craven is being super sneaky with plot details and isn’t even releasing the script to agencies. He’s certainly doing a fine job keeping the story under wraps, but the situation is making it harder for the talent to decide to sign on the dotted line.

I’ll admit, I’m a major sucker for the Scream movies, but I’m also confident this is a serious step in the right direction. Craven is aiming high, leaving the no-names to the reboot realm and sticking with quality actors. Hopefully his taste in talent represents the production’s quality.

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