Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell Will ‘Scream 4’ Dear Life Together

By  · Published on August 25th, 2010

This whole Scream 4 thing is getting exciting. The original was such a fresh take at the slasher genre, and the third film was such a tired retread of Wes Craven borrowing way too much from Wes Craven. This new entry and this new decade hold a lot of promise, and without knowing much beyond blind optimism, it’s the cast that seems poised to impress.

Neve Campbell, and the Arquette-Cox family returning is a big deal, but adding Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Alison Brie, Marley Shelton, Hayden Panetierre, Rory Culkin, and Anthony Anderson to that list was a slash of genius.

Now, the production is announcing that True Blood star Anna Paquin and Being Kristen Bell star Kristen Bell will have roles to play in the multiple murder spree.

This is a difficult one to get a handle on. After all, there’s just so many damned cast members at this point. And, for most of them, I mean “damned” literally.

There are two options here:

  1. Announce a bunch of cast members up front and save your minor stars (other than Campbell and the Arquettes) for last.
  2. Have two well-known actresses play two sweet cameo roles.

It’s most likely door #2 since filming already started.

Both options are pretty fantastic, though. Bringing on anyone from True Blood can’t be a bad thing at this point, and Kristen Bell has her own following that drop down cash to see even the blandest romantic comedy her name is near.

Plus, they’re both great actors – especially for what something like this project would require. Paquin can be a little broody, but that’s sort of the package you get with her. In fact, Bell is a great foil to Paquin’s acting style. Maybe they’ll have some screen time together.

There are now officially a dozen name talents in the film. It’s like the She’s Just Not That Into You of horror films.

What do you say?

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