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Scream is back! Watch the trailer for the cult franchise’s fifth film

The horror series returns after 11 years

The first full-length trailer for Scream – one of the most anticipated upcoming horror films – has just dropped, promising a new look at the 1996 cult series

The fifth film of the slasher franchise – arriving 11 years after Scream 4 – will see Jenna Ortega from Netflix’s You recreating Drew Barrymore’s infamous first death scene (this time with Ghostface using text messages and a home-security app instead of corded landlines). As stated in its synopsis, the film picks up 25 years after the original Woodsboro murders, as a new killer takes on the iconic Ghostface mask to – once again – target teens and uncover secrets from the town’s past.

Alongside Ortega stars a new cast of tormented high school students, including Melissa Barrera from In The Heights, Dylan Minnette from 13 Reasons Why, Kyle Gallner from Jennifer’s Body, Mason Gooding of Booksmart, Jasmin Savoy Brown from The Leftovers, and French model Sonia Ammar

Original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Marley Shelton will also return for the film – reprising their roles as Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, and Judy Hicks, respectively. 

The film’s original writer, Kevin Williamson, is onboard as executive producer. However, Ready or Not’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will direct the film – stepping in for the series’ usual director Wes Craven, who died in 2015.

“The idea of making these films without Wes Craven seemed challenging to me,” Neve Campbell told Entertainment Weekly. “I loved the man very much. But Matt and Tyler wrote me a letter, speaking of their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven, and speaking of the fact that the very reason that they are directors today was because of these movies and because of Wes, and that meant a great deal to me.”

According to Tyler Gillet, the killer’s identity was hidden from most cast-members while shooting, in order to prevent spoilers from reaching the public. 

“We were really careful to protect the big reveal of the movie,” he said. “We went as far as to withhold those moments in the script from the actors. We wanted everybody involved, to the degree that we could, to be a part of the whodunnit.”

The film will hit cinemas on January 14, 2022 – watch the thrilling trailer below.