It’s been too lengthy since we final noticed the previous youngster star, who skyrocketed to fame after starring in “Heroes” and “Nashville,” on our screens.
After a yearslong profession break, Panettiere is about to step again into one among her most iconic roles for the newest “Scream” sequel, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.
Panettiere will reprise her character, Kirby Reed, alongside stars Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega, who fronted the fifth “Scream” installment earlier this yr. That film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and easily titled “Scream,” efficiently revived the long-running slasher franchise, pulling in a field workplace haul of $140 million worldwide.
Courteney Cox can also be set to return within the sixth “Scream” as reporter Gale Weathers, however Neve Campbell, who performed the horror saga’s unique closing woman Sidney Prescott, has not (but!) formally come on board.
Followers have been calling for Panettiere to return, as her character’s demise in 2011’s “Scream 4” was left conspicuously ambiguous, leaving many to theorize that she really survived.
Kirby, an avid horror film fan and finest good friend to Sidney Prescott’s teenage cousin Jill (Emma Roberts), took heart stage in one of the franchise’s most memorable sequences, as she managed to outwit Ghostface in a lethal spherical of movie trivia. Moments later, nonetheless, she discovered herself on the receiving finish of the killer’s blade.
Eleven years later, the character’s destiny was revealed throughout a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg within the fifth “Scream.” Panettiere’s face can briefly be seen in a advisable video referred to as “Interview with Woodsboro Survivor Kirby Reed!” whereas a personality scrolls by means of YouTube.
Plot particulars concerning the upcoming sequel are being saved below wraps, apart from a obscure logline teasing that the brand new movie “continues with the 4 survivors of the Ghostface killings as they go away Woodsboro behind and begin a recent chapter,” per Paramount Studios.
The presently untitled “Scream” sequel is about to hit theaters on March 31, 2023, with manufacturing kicking off this summer time.
Panettiere final appeared on display screen in 2018, in the course of the closing season of ABC’s “Nashville.” She additionally starred within the 2016 movie “Custody” alongside Viola Davis. Lately, her private struggles have largely overshadowed her performing profession ― significantly her on-again-off-again relationship with Brian Hickerson, who’s been arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges.
In March, she and Hickerson had been involved in a physical fight with a bunch of individuals outdoors a Los Angeles bar. A consultant instructed Individuals on the time that Panettiere was “okay” after the altercation.
Within the following weeks, Panettiere signed with the management company Mainstay Leisure, which seems to have signaled a brand new starting for her profession.