Scream 7 Shakeup: Jenna Ortega’s Exit And Melissa Barrera’s Controversial Departure Rock Horror Franchise


In a startling turn of events, the upcoming “Scream 7” has been hit with a double whammy as Jenna Ortega, who played Tara Carpenter, bids adieu to the horror franchise due to scheduling conflicts with the shooting of “Wednesday” Season 2. This revelation follows closely on the heels of co-star Melissa Barrera’s abrupt departure from the film, sparked by controversy surrounding her social media posts addressing the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Jenna Ortega’s controversial exit

Sources reveal that Jenna Ortega‘s exit was already in motion for months, completely unrelated to Barrera’s sudden departure and pre-dating the initiation of the SAG-AFTRA strike. The acclaimed actress, having brought Tara Carpenter to life in the 2022 “Scream” revival and its subsequent sequel, “Scream VI, also finds herself navigating the completion of filming for Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice 2. This process was unexpectedly disrupted by the ongoing industry strike.

Director Landon’s deleted statement

Barrera’s dismissal from “Scream 7″ transpired on a contentious Tuesday, with Spyglass Media Group issuing a statement to Variety, standing firm against antisemitism and hate speech. Barrera’s social media posts, accusing Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing,” along with the reposting of content discussing the Holocaust distortion.

This prompted the studio’s decisive action. In response, Director Christopher Landon posted and deleted a statement on Tuesday, expressing discontent and claiming that the decision was not his to make, leaving fans speculating about the internal dynamics behind the scenes.

Legacy of the “Scream” revival

In the 2022 “Scream” comeback, we got the OG gang back with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette making a killer return. They even brought in some new blood, like Mason Gooding Jr. and Jasmine Savoy Brown. Now, even though the revival was a hit, talks with Neve Campbell hit a snag over some money matters, so she’s MIA in “Scream 7.Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet are keeping the hope alive for Neve’s comeback in the next scream-fest.

Impact on the film’s narrative arc

The most recent “Scream” had a pretty feel-good ending, with Ortega and Barrera’s characters conquering Ghostface and mending fences. But Ortega’s surprise exit from “Scream 7. has the productions in a bit of a pickle. They need to find someone to step into Tara Carpenter’s role.

Anticipation for “Wednesday” season 2 and “Beetlejuice 2”

As we wrap up Ortega’s “Scream” ride, fans are buzzing with excitement for what’s next – eagerly waiting for news on “Wednesday” Season 2 and the final scenes of “Beetlejuice 2.” The wild turns in the “Scream” saga have ignited all sorts of speculations about where our favorite characters are headed and the future of this legendary horror series. As Hollywood’s rollercoaster keeps on rolling, stick around for more updates and sneak peeks into what’s coming up in the world of “Scream 7.”

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