‘Scream 7’ Loses Another Lead As Jenna Ortega Exits Due To ‘Wednesday’ Scheduling

At this point, it might be a good idea to scrap Scream 7 altogether. Jenna Ortega, the red-hot actress who was a major draw in the rebooted Scream and its sequel, Scream 6, will not be returning for the next film. And before you ask, no, this doesn’t have anything to do with the firing of her co-star Melissa Barrera just hours ago.

Deadline reports that Ortega’s busy schedule shooting Wednesday, her hit Netflix series in which she plays Wednesday Addams, will prevent her from returning for Scream 7. With no script in place and a second season of Wednesday coming up, not to mention additional shooting on the Beetlejuice remake she’s a part of, Ortega simply won’t have the time.

Most importantly, Ortega is a huge star now and can make these kinds of bold moves. She can do pretty much whatever she wants.

The timing is purely coincidental that it comes just after Barrera was fired from Scream 7 for her pro-Palestine comments on social media. Ortega and Barrera played sisters Tara and Sam Carpenter who come under attack by a new Ghostface serial killer.

So where does Scream go from here? Perhaps a renewed effort to bring back former star Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott? Even if she does return, it would be tough to explain the absence of Ortega and Barrera

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.