Neve Campbell might not return for Scream 6, but Hayden Panettiere is back and just posted a behind-the-scenes photo

The Scream the franchise continues to pay homage to members of the franchise’s past while balancing the contributions of the new crew that introduced themselves in surprising success Scream – the one from 2022, not the classic from 1996. The fifth Scream had a slew of new faces in its cast who joined series founders Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette… as well as several stars of the 1996 film who made voice appearances across very clever audio easter eggs. And even though Campbell said she wouldn’t come back for Cry 6 thanks to a reported contract dispute, we know that Cry 4 Star Hayden Panettiere is reprising her role, and now we have our first look at her in production.

Scream co-star Jasmin Savoy Brown, who played Mindy Meeks in the 2022 sequel, took over the official role Scream account on the BeReal social application (via People) and posted the following image of Hayden Panettiere in the hair and makeup trailer for Cry 6. Kirby Reed is ready for her close-up!

Hayden Panettiere in Scream 6

(Image credit: Scream BeReal app)

Below the photograph, Jasmin Savoy Brown added the following caption:

Will Mindy and Kirby be friends?? Hayden thinks so, I think not.

And one of the reasons we’re so excited for Cry 6 is how an OG like Hayden Panettiere will fit in alongside the new crew, especially since Neve Campbell has confirmed that she is not part of the next film. There will be a huge hole to fill, and Courteney Cox could play a bigger role, but we think the filmmakers behind Cry 6 will augment the role of Kirby Reed, a fan-favorite character from a hotly contested world Scream after.

Based on when you caught up with the Scream franchise, your opinion on Cry 4 probably varies. While certainly the most meta of the series, the fact that Cry 4 tried to be a reboot AND a remake had fans scratching their heads and others applauding the new direction. When it comes to Kirby Reed’s character, in particular, Scream fans often argued over whether or not she survived the film, after seeing her get stabbed and left bleeding in that scene.

Now we know for sure that Kirby is back, and we have a photo of Hayden Panettiere on set… but not an official look at Kirby as she will appear in Cry 6. Hopefully this happens as soon as possible. We also remain hopeful that Neve Campbell can mend relationships and make a deal to come back for Cry 6, as the rumor has it. Scream isn’t Scream without Sidney Prescott, no matter how many new cast members they get to join the sequel. We have compiled all the facts you need to know about Cry 6which should keep you busy while you wait for the sequel to hit theaters on March 31, 2023.