Scream star Neve Campbell talks about big difference in new movie

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Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group

Scream, the hit slasher series' long-awaited fifth chapter, is due to be released in January and still, little is known about the actual story and how each character relates to others.

It's clear that Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott and other residents of Woodsboro are set to be terrorised by yet another man, woman or both in a Ghostface mask. But to keep anyone from guessing the killer(s) prematurely, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have been stingy with the details.

Now though, Campbell has revealed one major plot point that's sure to see Sidney fighting to best the knife-wielding baddie harder than ever before: she has a family in the new movie.

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group

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"Sidney is now a mother," she explained to Total Film in the mag's latest issue. "So another level of strength as a woman. She's living out of her hometown. She lives away. And she has a happy life. And that's all I can tell you!"

Returning alongside Campbell in the new outing are Marley Shelton, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, who reprise their roles as Judy Hicks, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, respectively.

"I had thought I'd left Sidney behind when we lost Wes," Campbell continued, noting how franchise creator Wes Craven passed away in 2015, and that new directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett persuaded her to think differently with a heartfelt letter as to why they wanted to lead another outing.

"I had been apprehensive about the idea of Scream being revived by somebody else. When the film came up, I thought, 'Oh, no!'" she laughed. "Then I watched Ready or Not, and I realized that they were superbly talented, and that their movie was certainly in keeping with the tone of the Scream movies.

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group

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"In the letter, they said that they became directors because of Wes Craven, and because of the Scream movies. And so it just seemed like the right fit."

In The Heights' Melissa Barrera (playing Sam Carpenter), The Boys' Jack Quaid (as Richie Kirsch), Booksmart's Mason Gooding (Chad Meeks-Martin) and Jennifer's Body actor Kyle Gallner (Vince) also star.

Sonia Ammar (Liv McKenzie), Mikey Madison (Amber Freeman), You's Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter) and 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette (Wes Hicks) round out the supporting cast, adding a whole bunch of fresh faces.

Scream is expected to hit US and UK cinemas on January 14, 2022.

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