Mary J. Blige Joins MTV's Reworked 'Scream' Season 3 (Exclusive)

The Oscar nominee and Grammy winner will play the mother of the lead character.
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The third season of MTV's Scream has added a big name to its cast.

Oscar-nominee and Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige will be part of the limited series' ensemble when it makes its long-delayed return later in 2018, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Blige will play Sherry Elliot, the mother of lead character Deion Elliot (RJ Cyler), in her first acting role following her Oscar-nominated turn in Mudbound. The series will feature an entirely new cast as it pivots from the ongoing continuity of its first two seasons in 2015 and 2016 to an anthology format. Season three will run as a three-night, six-episode event, down from 12 episodes for its second season.

The format change also comes with a creative overhaul that includes a new showrunner in Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries) and a new executive producing team of Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty of Flavor Unit Entertainment. Matthews is also an EP, along with Wes Craven (director of the Scream movies), Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad. Maggie Malina and Dana Gotlieb-Carter are executive producers for MTV.

Season three of Scream is set in Atlanta and centers on Deion, a star running back for his high school football team, whose tragic past comes back to haunt him, threatening both his plans for the future and the lives of his friends.

The cast also includes Keke Palmer, Tyler Posey, Tyga, Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, C.J. Wallace and Giullian Yao Gioiello.

Blige is repped by APA.