Remember the onscreen titan known as Hayden Panettiere?
It’s been a long time since we last saw the former child star, who rose to fame on our screens after starring in “Heroes” and “Nashville.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, after a year-long career break, Panettiere is set to step back into one of his most iconic roles for the latest “Scream” sequel.
Panettiere will reprise her character, Kirby Reed, alongside Melissa Barrera, Jasmine Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega, who tackled the fifth “Scream” installment earlier this year. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillette and simply titled “Scream,” that film successfully revived the long-running slasher franchise, earning $140 million worldwide at the box office.
Courteney Cox is also set to return as reporter Gail Weathers in the sixth “Scream”, but Nev Campbell, who played the horror saga’s original final girl Sidney Prescott, hasn’t officially come on board (yet. !)
Fans have been calling for Panettiere to return, as her character’s death in 2011’s “Scream 4” was left apparently unclear, leading many to believe that she had in fact survived.
Kirby, an avid horror movie fan and best friend of Sidney Prescott’s teenage cousin Jill (Emma Roberts), takes center stage in one of the franchise’s most memorable scenes, as she plays Ghostface in a deadly round of film trivia. managed to beat. Moments later, however, he found himself on the receiving end of the killer’s blade.
Eleven years later, the character’s fate was revealed during a wink-and-you-miss-it Easter egg in the fifth “Scream”. Panettiere’s face is called “Interview with Woodsboro Survivor Kirby Reed!” Can be seen briefly in a recommended video called. While a character scrolls through YouTube.
According to Paramount Studios, plot details about the upcoming sequel are being kept under wraps, except for a vague logline that the new film “continues with the four survivors of the Ghostface murders as they leave Woodsboro behind and a new chapter.” let’s begin.”
The currently untitled “Scream” sequel is set to hit theaters on March 31, 2023, with production beginning this summer.
Panettiere last appeared on screen in 2018 during the final season of ABC’s “Nashville.” He also starred in the 2016 film “Custody” alongside Viola Davis. In recent years, her personal struggles have largely plagued her acting career—particularly her on-and-off relationship with Brian Hickerson, who has been arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges.
In March, he and Hickerson were involved in a physical fight with a group of people outside a Los Angeles bar. A representative told People at the time that Panettiere was “fine” after the controversy.
In the weeks that followed, Panettiere signed with the management company Mainstay Entertainment, marking a fresh start for his career.