Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell are set to appear in Wes Craven’s Scream 4. Of course, their late inclusion (filming is already well underway in Michigan) raises questions as to whether these two name-actresses will be the Drew Barrymores of the fourth installment (the inclusion of Barrymore in the first Scream was an homage to Janet Leigh’s unexpected demise in Psycho). Of course, if you saw these two actresses in the very first scene of the movie and yet didn’t see them on the poster, what would your conclusion be as to their fate? Granted, the final poster for the film hasn’t arrived, but in any event I wouldn’t bet on their characters to survive the slaughter.
As previously announced, original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette are reprising their roles, and joining them are Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Marielle Jaffe, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Erik Knudsen, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Marley Shelton, Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell. Scream 4 is slated to open on April 15, 2011. [USA Today, EW, and confirmed by The Weinstein Company]