Dewey Riley will be back on the case in “Scream 5” as David Arquette has confirmed his return to the horror franchise with the latest installment…
David Arquette will return for “Scream 5.”
The veteran actor and part time pro wrestler confirmed this week that he would reprise his role as Dewey Riley for the upcoming sequel helmed by “Ready or Not” directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with James Vanderbilt (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Guy Busick (“Ready or Not”) penning the script.
“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my ‘Scream’ family, old and new,” Arquette said in a statement to Variety. “‘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.”
Arquette started with the “Scream” franchise in the original film in 1996 and he’s appeared in every sequel since that time.
There had been a lot of speculation about a new “Scream” film being made, especially in the wake of director Wes Craven’s death but the filmmakers behind the surprise horror-comedy hit “Ready or Not” had a unique take on a sequel that honored the original vision while giving the horror series a new coat of paint as well.
Arquette is the first cast member from the original “Scream” series to sign onto the new sequel, although Neve Campbell has confirmed talks are ongoing for her return as well.
There’s no word on the remainder of the cast including Courtney Cox, who also appeared in all four of the original “Scream” films. There is speculation that other legacy cast members will return but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Production on “Scream 5” is expected to get underway later this year in Wilmington, N.C. once filming restrictions are lifted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.