Scream 5 adds You and Jane the Virgin star Jenna Ortega to cast

Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

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Scream 5 has added another victim cast member to its line-up, as Jenna Ortega is confirmed to star in the upcoming movie in the horror franchise.

The actress previously starred in The CW's Jane the Virgin, but Ghostface won't be the first serial killer that she's ever come across, as Ortega is also known for her role as Ellie in Netflix series You, which focuses on Penn Badgley's killer character Joe Goldberg.

Ortega joins a cast that consists of David Arquette and Courteney Cox, who are reprising their roles as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers respectively, as well as newcomer Melissa Barrera, who's also set to star in In The Heights.

Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

The film will be directed by Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and while not much is known about the plot just yet, we can certainly expect thrills and scares as Ghostface returns to terrorise more victims.

Ortega was sure not to give much of anything away when she confirmed the casting news on her Instagram page this week, simply sharing a photo of the news story alongside the caption: "Do you like scary movies?"

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Do you like scary movies?

A post shared by Jenna Ortega (@jennaortega) on Aug 19, 2020 at 1:52pm PDT

Earlier this year, it was reported that Scream 5 is aiming for a 2021 release date, with initial production expected to start in late summer 2020.

This will be the first Scream film to be released since the death of director Wes Craven in 2015, who worked on all four of the previous films in the series.

Franchise creator and writer Kevin Williamson also won't be back, and instead Scream 5 will feature an original story co-written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not).

Photo credit: Dimension Films
Photo credit: Dimension Films

Speaking of his return in the new movie, David Arquette said that he was "thrilled" to be playing Dewey again.

"Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honouring Wes Craven's legacy," he added.

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