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Emma Roberts To Star In “Scream 4″

Since Drew Barrymore is a megastar these days, it’s hard to remember that before “Scream” came out in 1996, she had largely fallen off the pop culture radar. Her cameo in the flick completely revived her career. And, uh, brought back to life the entire genre of teen horror movies. I’m wondering if “Scream” will have the star-making effect on Emma Roberts, who has just signed on to play Jill in “Scream 4,” which will begin shooting in June. The sequel is going back to its roots—it’s being written by Kevin Williamson, the “Dawson’s Creek” scribe who was behind the first “Scream.” Courteney Cox and David Arquette will both be back for the sequel. As will Neve Campbell—Emma’s character is actually Sidney Prescott’s cousin. And her best friend will be played by Hayden Panetierre, who is no Rose McGowan, but whatever. Emma is pumped about the role. “I’m so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise,” she says. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before.” Who knew running from a serial killer could be so much fun? [EW]

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