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Emma Roberts Joins 'Scream 4' Cast

Emma Roberts 2 Emma Roberts has been named the new leading lady of the Scream horror film franchise, in the upcoming Scream 4. After a deal with actress Ashley Greene (Twilight) could not be finalized, Roberts moved in for the part, EW.com reports. Roberts is will play Jill, one of the new main characters in the film. She will be joining experienced Scream cast members Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell. Hayden Panetierre and Rory Culkin will also co-star.

Roberts told EW that she is very excited to be a part of one of the most popular -- and profitable -- horror movie franchises ever: “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before.” The young actress has starred in her own Nickelodeon show, Unfabulous, as well as in the films Nancy Drew and Hotel For Dogs; she was also seen in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.

Scream 4 will be a mixture of old faces along with new ones, but the same old thrills and chills will hpefully still be there on screen. The fourth film in the Scream franchise will be directed by original Scream director Wes Craven, who said, “Emma’s talent, beauty, and range will add immensely to the sophistication, intensity, and fun of the Scream franchise as it returns to the screen once more.” Shooting is scheduled to begin June 28 in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Roberts will have an opportunity to reach a new, more adult audience in a film genre she is not used to. I am interested to see if the young star can work outside of her comfort level to produce a terrifyingly convincing experience for moviegoers. Or, will she just be a pretty young face to eventually replace Neve Campbell in Scream 7? What are your opinions on the choice of Emma Roberts for Scream 4?

-- Will Bonesso

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