Scream 5 Adds Original Cast Member: David Arquette Is Back

We still don’t know much about the plot of the next installment of the Scream movie franchise. The directors have been revealed, while it’s also known that series screenwriter Kevin Williamson is returning as executive producer. Now, the first member of the cast has been confirmed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor and professional wrestler David Arquette has signed on to reprise his role as Dewey Riley. Dewey was introduced as a sheriff’s deputy in the first movie and went on to become one of Sidney Prescott’s (Neve Campbell) closest friends and a constant target of Ghostface.

“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” Arquette said in a statement. “Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”

While the actor mentioned reuniting with the team behind the Scream movies, it’s yet to be announced whether he’ll be joined by Campbell and Courtney Cox (Gail Weathers) for the new film. Campbell, however, had confirmed negotiations are underway. Interestingly, Matthew Lillard, who played one of the fillers in the first Scream, has expressed interest in returning. That likely won’t happen, though.

This will be the first installment in the franchise not helmed by director Wes Craven, who died in 2015. In his place, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) will lead the charge on the film, which expects to begin shooting later this year. In addition to new directors, James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not) are writing the film, taking over for Williamson.

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