With original series star Neve Campbell in early talks to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott, Matthew Lillard, who played Stu Macher in Wes Craven’s original 1996 movie, says he’s ready to reprise his role for Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s upcoming Scream 5.
When TooFab asked Lillard if he’d like to come back for the next chapter, the star responded, “Yes, yes, I’m available, yes, yes… There’s nobody that wouldn’t want to come back and reprise a role they got to do when they were a boy and be able to do something different as a man would be exciting. You just don’t get that opportunity often.” However, the 50-year-old said he “can’t imagine” he’ll be asked back for Scream 5. Lillard concluded by saying there must be a great idea to potentially lure Campbell back.
Despite his apparent death in the original film, the idea of Stu’s coming back has been floated before. When Craven originally worked on Scream 3, Stu was supposed to have survived the events of the first movie and be unmasked as the threequel’s mastermind, controlling a new breed of high school-aged killers from behind bars. Storyline writer Kevin Williamson eventually reworked that into television series The Following. However, the Columbine High School massacre led to massive rewrites on Scream 3 and the idea to be scrapped. Still, Stu was referenced in all three sequel Scream films, and Lillard had cameos in the second and fourth movies.
As for Scream 5 itself, Campbell recently promised Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett are working on something that will honor Wes Craven’s legacy. Despite Stu’s death in Scream, Sidney, David Arquette’s Dewey, and Courteney Cox’s Gale survived all four movies. Last year, Arquette has said he was hopeful for his return as Dewey Riley and even had an idea for where the Woodsboro sheriff would be these days.
Original Scream star Matthew Lillard said he's ready to reprise his role as Stu Macher for Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's Scream 5 reboot.