Okay, look. We’re not saying Stu will pop up in Scream 5. But actor Matthew Lillard wants it on record that he could have survived the first movie.
Lillard played Stu in the original Scream movie. As one of the two Ghostface killers slashing up the town of Woodsboro, he ultimately met his untimely demise.
Or did he?
Lillard recently tweeted that he believed otherwise.
“I mean… it was just a TV? Right? You’d think he’d SURVIVE?” Lillard tweeted alongside the hashtag #stu.
Killers surviving would-be deadly attacks, only to reemerge alive and kill again, is a staple of the horror genre. (How many times has Michael Myers died now?) However, the Scream franchise hasn’t really made this part of its extended universe. So, we don’t expect to see Stu pop up in the upcoming Scream 5.
But Lillard said he would be down to reprise his role if the opportunity arose.
“Yes, yes, I’m available, yes, yes!” Lillard told TooFab. “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.”
Lillard did clarify he didn’t expect Stu would actually end up making a return.
Who’s Returning for Scream 5?
But even without Lillard, Scream 5 will feature familiar faces. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox all signed on to reprise their roles in the franchise.
David Arquette signed on to reprise his role as Dewey back in May.
“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” said Arquette.
Next, Courteney Cox joined the cast in July, announcing her return as Gale Weathers on Instagram.
Finally, after negotiations Neve Campbell also agreed to board Scream 5.
“After spending time speaking with Radio Silence, they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he’s created in the Scream franchise. I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro,” said Campbell.
While the previous four films came from the late Wes Craven, the fifth moves forward with Ready or Not filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
Scream 5 is scheduled to debut in January 2022.