Scream Star Wants To Be In Sequel, Even Though His Character Is Very Dead
Scream star Matthew Lillard would love to appear in the next movie, though that might be difficult from a storytelling perspective.
Horror franchises rarely die and Scream is a perfect example of that. Since the first movie premiered in 1996 there have been four films and even a TV show. What's more, a fifth movie is in the works. While no plot details or casting has been announced from the film, one cast member from the original Scream is throwing his hat in the ring. Finding a way to work him into the story could be difficult, though.
When asked by TooFab if he'd want to come back for Scream 5, Lillard excitedly replied, "Yes, yes, I'm available, yes, yes." The actor, who played Stu in the first Scream, added, "There's nobody that wouldn't want to come back and reprise a role they got to do when they were a boy and be able to do something different as a man would be exciting. You just don't get that opportunity often."
Of course, the big issue there is that Stu is very dead. In case you don't remember or somehow haven't seen the original Scream, we're going to get into spoiler territory. In the film, the character is revealed as one of the two killers parading around as Ghostface and cutting up his fellow classmates. By the end of the film, though, both he and Billy (Skeet Ulrich)--the other killer--were left dead.
That said, perhaps there is a way for it to happen. After all, Lillard previously admitted that one of the original plans for Scream 3 saw his character coming back. Appearing on the Armchair Expert podcast, Lillard revealed that there was, at one point, a plan to reveal that Stu survived the first movie and was now orchestrating Ghostface killings from prison. Yes, that does sound pretty ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than finding out Sydney had a secret brother who went on to become a movie director and a killer in his own right.
Ultimately, chances are Lillard won't appear. Even the actor himself said he "can't imagine" being asked to return. As it stands, there is no release date for the next installment of the Scream franchise. However, it has been reported that Ready or Not directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will helm the project.
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