Scream VI Debuts the First Look at Hayden Panettiere’s Mysterious Return

Kirby is back in Scream 6 first look

Hayden Panettiere returns as fan-favorite Scream character Kirby Reed in a newly released image from the upcoming sixth film in the slasher franchise.

The first look at Hayden Panettiere’s return to the Scream franchise has been released.

Entertainment Weekly has debuted several new images from Scream VI, including one that shows Panettiere’s Kirby in a leather jacket, sporting a longer hairstyle and wearing a look on her face that suggests she’s ready for whatever comes at her in the upcoming meta-slasher film. “She’s come a long way,” Panettiere told EW about Kirby’s journey since Scream 4. “What happened to her has obviously impacted her life, and it sends her in a certain direction, but she’s still the same old Kirby at the heart of it. She’s just a little older, a little wiser, but just as spitfire-y, and snarky, and all that good stuff.”

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<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed in 'Scream VI'

Panettiere’s casting in Scream VI was first announced in May 2022, with the actor later revealing that she pitched Kirby’s return to the franchise. “I called them [the directors] up myself and was like, ‘So, you guys don’t happen to want to bring Kirby back, do you?’ I wanted to be in it that badly,” Panettiere admitted in July 2022. Kirby Reed was first played by Panettiere in 2011’s Scream 4, which saw the horror aficionado being left for dead after being stabbed by Ghostface. However, the fifth Scream film quietly confirmed that Kirby had survived the events of Scream 4, leading to her upcoming return in Scream VI.

Paramount Dates Next Scream VI Trailer

After debuting the first trailer for Scream VI in December 2022, Paramount has confirmed that the next trailer for the horror film will release on Jan. 19. The official Scream Twitter account previously shared a photo of the film’s cast in a New York City bodega, which was accompanied by the caption, “Looks like we have a spill. Clean up on aisle 1 and 19. Gonna need a mop AND body bag.” When questioned if the post alluded to the release date of the next trailer, the account replied, “What are you a detective? I don’t like detectives.”

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In addition to Panettiere, returning stars for Scream VI include Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Courteney Cox. Rounding out the film’s ensemble cast are newcomers Dermot Mulroney (Insidious: Chapter 3), Jack Champion (Avatar: The Way of Water), Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible), Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Devyn Nekoda (Sneakerella), Liana Liberato (Light as a Feather) and Josh Segarra (She-Hulk: Attorney at Law).

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Scream 6 opens in theaters on March 10, 2023.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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