Scream 5 adds The Boys star Jack Quaid to the cast
Following the recent date announcement for the new Scream film, Variety brings word that The Boys star Jack Quaid has been tapped to join the growing cast of Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming fifth installment of the Scream films. Quaid will be joining fellow franchise newcomers Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega along with alums David Arquette and Courteney Cox.
This project won’t be Quaid’s first stint into the slasher genre as he first appeared in 2017’s horror comedy film Tragedy Girls which centered around two psychopathic best friends. The 28-year-old actor will next be seen in the upcoming second season of Amazon Prime’s hit superhero series The Boys which will be available for streaming this Friday.
Arquette became the first actor from the original franchise to sign on for the fifth film in the series, with Cox signing on at the end of July for the film and word coming earlier this year that lead heroine Neve Campbell is currently in talks to reprise her role of Sidney Prescott.
While plot details are currently scarce, it is being reported that the film will follow “a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.”
The new film will be produced by Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), who is also co-writing the screenplay with Guy Busick (Ready or Not), as well as Paul Neinstein and William Sherak for Spyglass, with original screenwriter Kevin Williamson executive producing with Radio Silence’s third member Chad Villella.
The first film, released in 1996, was a surprise smash upon its debut, helping to revive the horror genre for the decade and becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time until it was dethroned by last year’s Halloween reboot. The first’s success spawned a franchise that includes three sequels, the first of which remained equally as successful as the first while the previous two saw middling box office returns and mixed reviews.
After years of struggling to get another film off the ground, MTV picked up a series adaptation that became a cult hit, with two well-received seasons from fans before it was passed off to VH1 for its rebooted third season, which saw mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, but was a minor improvement in the ratings from the second season.
Set to debut on January 14, 2022, Scream 5 marks the second major horror franchise reboot Spyglass is working on, with the studio developing a remake of the Clive Barker cult horror classic Hellraiser, with David S. Goyer (Terminator: Dark Fate) attached to pen the script.
Neve Campbell (Party of Five, The Craft) has played Sidney Prescott in the original blockbuster hit Scream way back in 1996. Since then, she became the face of the popular slasher franchise as she also starred in three follow-up sequels. The most recent entry, Scream 4, released in 2011 and grossed $97 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. Campbell recently appeared in Netflix’s House of Cards and the film Castle in the Ground.