As the movie “Scream” goes on, it all starts with a phone call.
But this was the phone Hayden Panettiere really wanted.
It’s not Ghostface on the line looking for a kill. But it was the man behind the iconic horror villain, screenwriter and creator of “Scream,” Kevin Williamson. He called to persuade her to reprise her role in “Scream VI,” the filmmaker told People during the round. The world premiere of the film on Monday.
Panettiere had a lead role in 2011’s “Scream 4” as Kirby Reed, a high school student in Woodsboro struggling to survive in the midst of another Ghostface massacre. at the end of the movie As she lay in a pool of blood after being stabbed Viewers are uncertain about Kirby’s fate.
Her character didn’t return in last year’s “Scream.” Which raises more questions about Kirby. During the filming of the fifth film, Panettiere even called the production team asking them to come back. She said Monday on “Good Morning America.”
“I actually called them. When they were doing ‘Scream 5’ and I was like, ‘Without me?! Wait. Wait. Maybe I’m still alive and I’m useful,” Panettiere said.
However, leading up to the sixth film hitting theaters this week, The production team that called her But Williamson has trouble finding Panettiere. who suspended the show She moved from LA to Nashville.
“Nobody knows where she is. Because she just moved out of LA,” Williamson told People. He had quick access to a friend in Nashville who could connect the two.
“They say ‘Give me five minutes’ and in five minutes I’m talking to her on the phone,” he said.
On the phone with Panettiere, Williamson spoke with “Scream VI” directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
“Sure, have them call me right away,” the “Heroes” alum told Williamson.
In “Scream VI,” Panettiere’s Kirby is known as the sole survivor of the latest Woodsboro Massacre. She is now an FBI Special Agent called in to help tackle Go’s new murder case. Rest Face in New York City
Panettiere said she saw similarities between herself and Kirby, Women’s Health reported Monday. After giving birth to daughter Kaya to retired professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, Panettiere battled postpartum depression, which she spoke publicly about. She underwent rehab for depression and later alcoholism. and had to abandon the care of her child
“She has human trauma. And it changed her,” Panettiere said of her “Scream” character. “That’s something I can clearly relate to.”
Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera, who both star in the fifth “Scream,” reprise their roles, along with Cox’s Courteney Cox Gale Weathers, a journalist and writer. has remained a central character in the franchise since Wes Craven’s original in 1996.
Neve Campbell, who runs a five-film franchise as Sidney Prescott, will not appear. Campbell cited a wage dispute as the reason for her departure. She said her gender played a big part and that Paramount’s offering “doesn’t equal the value I bring to the franchise.”
“As a woman in this business,” she told People in August. “I think it’s very important for us to see value and fight for value.”