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MTV used Sunday’s Movie Awards to unspool the first footage of its long-awaited Scream TV series.
Actress Bella Thorne, who has a cameo in the pilot, introduced the footage, which included a new premiere date of June 30.
Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Third Watch alum Jason Wiles has replaced Joel Gretsch (The 4400) in the show’s central role of Sheriff Clark Hudson after the role was retooled. The character was previously described as a good guy who is father to Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). David Arquette famously portrayed the lovable sheriff in Kevin Williamson‘s features. Wiles is repped by Paradigm and Link.
Wiles becomes the latest cast shake-up for Scream after the series cast Arrow favorite Bex Taylor-Klaus to replace the previously set Amy Forsyth in the role of Audrey, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. She’s described as an artsy loner who aspires to be a filmmaker.
The new premiere date marks a significant change as MTV previously planned to debut the series pegged to Halloween in October.
The new series is based on the Dimension feature of the same name. The series kicks off after a cyberbullying incident results in a brutal murder, with the shocking violence stirring up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. It centers on a group of new teens — with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart — who become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.
Jamie Travis (Faking It) directed the pilot for the series, which hails from Dimension TV and The Weinstein Co. Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood) and Jaime Paglia (Arrow) will executive produce and serve as showrunners, with John Shiban (Breaking Bad) onboard as a consulting producer. Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Revenge) wrote the original script. Harvey and Bob Weinstein also executive produce alongside Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad.
Willa Fitzgerald stars as Emma Duvall, a classic beauty whose looks and popularity hide a natural shyness and intellectual nature. Her new life with the “in crowd” leaves her estranged from her childhood best friend, Audrey.
Check out the trailer below. Are you on board?
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