Why Jenna Ortega will not be returning for Scream 7

Why Jenna Ortega will not be returning for Scream 7

Actor Jenna Ortega will not be returning for Scream 7, the forthcoming instalment in the long-running Scream horror movie franchise, Deadline reports.

According to the outlet, Ortega’s departure is due to the shooting schedule for Netflix’s massively successful series Wednesday, in which she stars as Wednesday Addams. In the slasher franchise, Ortega played Tara Carpenter, a supporting character in the critically-acclaimed Scream (2022) and one of the main characters in the sequel Scream 6, which was set in New York City and released in March 2023. The sixth movie was extremely successful, racking up a reported $44.4 million (about £ 35.37 million) in the United States and $67 million (around £53.38 million) globally.

Deadline notes that “Ortega’s exit from the next Scream was discussed before the actors strike” and that she’s due to head to Ireland in early 2024 to begin production on the second season of Wednesday.

The outlet also shares that Ortega’s departure from the franchise is not due to costar Melissa Barrera’s recent controversial firing from the sequel by Spyglass Media Group, “nor does it have to do with the actress asking for an end to her Scream contract.” (In the movies, Barrera played Tara’s older sister Sam.)


When she was cast as Tara Carpenter in 2020, Jenna Ortega called joining the Scream family a “huge dream come true.” “I don’t even think there are words in the English language to correctly express how happy, excited and nervous I am for this journey,” she told ET at the time. “It’s just so amazing to me.”

For her work on Wednesday, which seems to be taking priority on her project slate, the actor was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2023 Emmys, which were postponed until January 2024 due to the concurrent actors and writers strikes; if she wins, she’ll be the youngest winner ever in said category. Wednesday was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

This article originally appeared in Teen Vogue.

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