Original Scream Cast and Newcomers Discuss Reviving Scream 4
04.15.11 by Ryan
In Scream 4, fans aren't just getting the surviving cast members of the original trilogy — Neve Campbell, Courteny Cox, and David Arquette — but a whole new cast of newcomers headlined by Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts. While attending the red carpet premiere of the highly-anticipated sequel, Panettiere admitted to The LA Times that there was a little pressure in entering a franchise that began in 1996.
You do have to have a respect for the fact that it's something that's so established, that it's a family that's been created over the past 15 years. But [the old cast] were so nice and so welcoming and so cool about it that you didn't really feel that "Oh my God, don't mess up, you gotta come in with your stuff together."
Roberts, meanwhile, told The Huffington Post that bringing in a cast of younger actors for Scream 4 was a "smart idea" for the franchise.
Especially such great people like Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. And all the young people are really great choices for the roles, like people that I would have imagined in the part while I was reading the script. That's gonna help bring in a younger audience. Also technology has changed so much since the original Scream. There's so much more ways to talk to people and stalk people. I think that's definitely incorporated in this new Scream.
Campbell, Cox, and Arquette were thrilled to come back and work together alongside much of the same crew as the original trilogy. The three actors, along with franchise director Wes Craven discussed what it was like to return in a behind the scenes video from Yahoo!.
Anthony Anderson is the one new cast member able to joke about the mixture of old and new casts, telling Screen Crave, "They’re all fossil-like. They’re old, we’re the new generation of the Scream franchise. They’re just tired, old and bitter." Anderson then laughed.
David Arquette, Courtney Cox and I have been friends for thirteen, fourteen years now. David and I have worked together in the past so it was great to finally work together with him in a franchise that I grew up watching, spoofed, parodied [in Scary Movie 3 and 4] and one that I enjoy.