“The attacks were all on people related to the original killers,” one of the characters says in the official trailer for next year’s Scream, indicating that the new movie is going to be knocking off a new set of characters who have ties to characters from the original four movies. But how exactly are each of these new characters related to the franchise’s past?
For starters, we know that Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps) is playing Wes Hicks, the son of Deputy Hicks from Wes Craven’s Scream 4. Marley Shelton will be in the movie as Judy Hicks.
Additionally, a new featurette for the movie that was released this week confirms that Jasmin Savoy Brown is playing a character named Mindy Meeks-Martin, who would clearly seem to have some relation to Jamie Kennedy‘s character from the first two movies, Randy Meeks. And Mason Gooding is playing Chad Meeks-Martin, presumably Mindy’s brother.
“Speaking for myself, being a queer woman of color and getting to be my full self on screen in my character is cool, especially in this world, with such great writing and directing. None of our characters feel like tropes; they feel like fully realized people,” Jasmin Savoy Brown recently told Bloody Disgusting, thought she didn’t spill the “Meeks” beans at that time.
Kennedy’s Randy Meeks was of course a horror movie fanatic who ultimately got knocked off in Scream 2, and the following film introduced Heather Matarazzo as Randy’s sister, Martha Meeks. As far as we’re aware, Martha Meeks is very much still alive, meaning she could make a return in next year’s Scream. Could Chad and Mindy be the children of Martha Meeks?
We’ll find out this coming January…
The Scream franchise returns to theaters on January 14, 2022. The filmmaking team this time around includes directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, as well as executive producer Chad Villella, the three members of the filmmaking group known as Radio Silence (Ready or Not, V/H/S, Southbound). In the new movie…
“Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), Mason Gooding (Let It Snow), Kyle Gallner (Ghosts of War), Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Love”) and Mikey Madison (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) join an ensemble that also includes Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette and Courteney Cox who will return as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, as well as new cast members Jack Quaid (“The Boys”), Melissa Barrera (“In The Heights”) and Jenna Ortega (“You”). Marley Shelton is also returning as Scream 4 character Deputy Judy Hicks.
James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock) wrote the script. Michel Aller edited the film, which is now complete.
Kevin Williamson is back as executive producer.