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Rumor Mill: Courteney Cox and Patrick Dempsey Joining Neve Campbell in Scream 7

Patrick Dempsey is rumored to be in talks to join Neve Campbell in Scream 7, while Courteney Cox is reportedly a lock to return.

Neve Campbell may not be the only OG Scream actor to return in Kevin Williamson’s upcoming sequel. According to insider Daniel Richtman, both legacy star Courteney Cox and Scream 3’s “McDreamy” addition, Patrick Dempsey, are reportedly set to appear in Scream 7. However, Richtman’s announcement is to be considered just a rumor until it is confirmed in an official capacity.

Richtman’s report says Cox is a “lock” to reprise the role of the love-her-or-hate-her journalist, Gale Weathers. After Campbell bowed out of returning as Sidney Prescott for Scream VI, due to widely reported salary issues, that left Cox as the only remaining survivor of the original Scream (1996) to appear in the fifth sequel — and all six installments of the horror franchise for that matter. It's also worth mentioning that Roger Jackson provides the voice of Ghostface in all the Scream movies.

Meanwhile, Richtman also reports that Scream 3’s Patrick Dempsey is talking about returning as Mark Kincaid. Dempsey portrayed a love interest for Sidney Prescott, and for the fans watching in suspense, he was also a possible Ghostface suspect in the 2000 film. However, Kincaid’s name comes up again, and he does marry Sidney (off-screen) later in the series. However, the character of Kincaid only appeared in Scream 3.

As exciting as Cox and Dempsey’s rumored returns might be to some fans, Scream creator Kevin Williamson and Campbell's confirmed involvement with Scream 7 is already helping to right the horror series' troubled ship. After the controversial removal of Scream VI actress Melissa Barrera from the franchise, and then the departure of her co-star, Jenna Ortega, Scream 7 was in desperate need of some good news. Back on March 12, Campbell shared the news that she was indeed returning as Sidney Prescott in Scream 7 — not to mention that photo of the sequel’s screenplay — via Instagram. Campbell wrote:

“Sidney Prescott is coming back!!!! It’s always been such a blast and an honor to get to play Sidney in the Scream movies. My appreciation for these films and for what they have meant to me, has never waned. I’m very happy and proud to say I’ve been asked, in the most respectful way, to bring Sidney back to the screen and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!! […] Kevin Williamson is going to direct Scream 7! This was his baby and it’s his brilliant mind that dreamt up this world.”

Campbell reuniting on-screen with Cox would mean the reteaming of Scream’s two best characters, but Skeet Ulrich could also certainly reprise his role as the ghostly vision of Billy Loomis once more after his unexpected return in the last two movies. However, since it was Samantha (Barrera) who interacted with him, that would have to be explained away.

While the seventh installment is rumored to start shooting in May, expect Sidney Prescott’s return to the franchise to slice and dice it's way into theaters in early 2025.

I've heard rumors that they're looking to cast three new co-leads alongside Campbell, two of the female cast members are alleged to be related. I hope that's not true, because coming off the Carpenter sisters, and the drama surrounding Melissa Barrera, I think that would be a bad idea.

Since there are also rumors that a few actors from the recent Halloween film may be locked in for a role, what I was hoping is that Scream 7 would take a different approach and have a final guy fight alongside Sidney, a la Tommy Jarvis in Friday The 13th part 4 and 6, or Jesse Walsh in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

Maybe the final guy could be played by Rohan Campbell, who played Corey Cunningham in Halloween Ends. Or he could play a potential Ghostface. If he doesn't end up in the film, I wouldn't mind seeing Andi Matichak who played Campbell's love interest in Ends.

Regardless which direction the film takes, I'm glad Sidney is back, and that the franchise's original scribe Kevin Williamson is on board to direct.

The seventh installment is clearly for the Gen Xers and Millennials that have rode this ride since the beginning, and I'm excited to see Sidney do whatever she can to protect herself and her kids from Ghostface (alongside her hubby Mark).

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