Fans who have been dying to see Hayden Panettiere return to the “The Scream” series have gotten their wish.
Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday that Panettiere will appear in the upcoming sixth film, reprising her role from 2011’s “Scream 4,” where she played the Woodsboro High School student And horror fanatic Kirby Reed, who ultimately survived that movie’s Ghostface Killer.
News of the fan-favorite character’s return comes after Spyglass and Paramount confirmed that the four survivors of last year’s “Scream” will also be returning for the new film. Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera play sisters Tara and Sam Carpenter, respectively. It was revealed that Barrera’s character was the biological daughter of Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich’s original “Scream” killer). Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown are twin brothers Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin (nephew and niece of Jamie Kennedy’s original “Scream” character Randy Meeks).
The new film follows the quartet as they leave Woodsboro and attempt to start a new chapter, but as details of the film’s plot have been kept under wraps, it’s unclear exactly how Kirby fits into the picture. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early summer, and the as-yet-untitled film will hit theaters on March 31, 2023.
The sixth “The Scream” film will be helmed by the filmmaking team behind the fifth, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence, with a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serve as producers on the new project, original Scream writers Kevin Williamson and Chad Villella (the third member of Radio Silence) and Spyglass’s Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre, Ron Lynch Produced together, Cathy Conrad and Marianne Maddalena.
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Panettiere is best known for starring in hit shows and movies such as NBC’s “Heroes” (NBC), including “Remember the Titans” (opposite Denzel Washington), “Custody” (with Vio La Davies), “I Love You Beth Cooper,” “Take It: All or Nothing” and “The Snow Princess.” Panettiere’s return to the “Scream” series marks her first major performance since ABC’s “Nashville” from 2012 to 2018.
Panettiere is represented by Mainstay Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the actor’s involvement in the film.