Scream 4 Casting Kicks Off With Ashley Greene And Hayden Panettiere

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-05-20 22:02:21discussion comments
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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 Culkinís way. But thatís not all--the article reveals the roles theyíre 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 Sidneyís cousin, Jill, and the seriesí new leading lady.

Itís thrilling to hear theyíve 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 Jillís film geek friend and Culkin Greeneís love interest. Do we have a new Randy and Billy in the making? Maybe, but we wonít know for quite some time. Craven is being super sneaky with plot details and isnít even releasing the script to agencies. Heís 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.

Iíll admit, Iím a major sucker for the Scream movies, but Iím 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 productionís quality.
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