Lucy Hale couldn’t say who she plays in Scream 4, but if you’ve seen any Scream movie, you can figure it out. They each open with a prologue featuring a major star getting a scary phone call (or going to the movies in Scream 2).
“It’s a small role, which I was very happy to play,” Hale said. “I’m at the beginning of the movie. They literally made me sign stuff that I couldn’t say much about it but it’s very exciting. It was very exciting for me to be a part of it and meet Wes Craven who’s an absolute sweetheart. I didn’t know what to expect but it was fun.”
Hale knows the importance of that opening scene though. The very first one was Drew Barrymore.
“I know,” Hale said. “To be a part that has a cult following, to look back at Drew Barrymore’s opening scene and be like I’m a part of this. This is unreal. It’s really cool.”
Actually, the producers wanted her for a bigger role, but her ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” didn’t allow her enough time. You could do worse than the opening teaser though. It’s almost like the pre-titles action sequence of a Bond movie.
“It was totally last minute. I got the call, and they were like, ‘They totally want you to be a part of this movie,’ and I was like, ‘Absolutely. I will do any part.’ I was actually originally supposed to do another part and would come back for Scream 5, but it didn’t work with the schedule. So I did a few scenes.”
Maybe Scream 5 is still on the table, or maybe Hale is just messing with us. “If they would have me I would absolutely be there because I know that they’re planning on doing a few more movies. I don’t know if I’ll be a part of them, but that would be awesome.”
For the kids who grew up on Freddy and Jason movies, Scream was the one that called out all the clichés. Now a whole new generation has grown up with self-referential horror and they’re starring in Scream 4.
“I’m a huge horror movie fan, but just like my generation Scream was a big deal. We grew up with it. I’m just a huge horror movie fan in general though.”
Scream 4 opens April 15.