"Scream 4" lures "Twilight" and "Heroes" vets

Fri May 21, 2010 12:49am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Twilight" actress Ashley Greene, "Heroes" starlet Hayden Panettiere, and Rory Culkin ("Twelve") are mulling offers for key starring roles in "Scream 4," which is heading toward a July start date.

The Dimension Films project reunites director Wes Craven with writer Kevin Williamson, who kicked off a horror-movie revival with his "Scream" script in 1996.

The story brings back original cast members Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, though the new flick is seen as a passing of the baton to a new generation of slasher victims, with Williamson already under contract to write a fifth installment.

If deals are concluded, Greene would play Campbell's cousin Jill, essentially the heroine of the movie, and Panettiere would play her best friend, a nerdy film geek. Culkin would play a potential love interest for Jill.

Lake Bell ("It's Complicated") is negotiating to play a police officer who knew Sidney (Campbell) from high school.

Casting is proceeding slowly because Craven and Dimension are not sending the script to agencies in order to protect its secrecy. With only character descriptions, actors are having a difficult time deciding whether certain roles are for them.

Craven, Williamson and Iya Labunka are producing the feature, which is slated for an April 15 release. Original producer Cathy Konrad is not aboard the production and is suing the Weinsteins, alleging that she was cut out of "Scream 4."

The film will shoot in incentive-rich Michigan. The original was shot in Santa Rosa, California.