Jenna Ortega will not return for the horror sequel “Scream VII.”
The news comes a day after Spyglass fired fellow actress Melissa Barrera from her lead role following a series of social media posts Barrera made regarding the Israel-Hamas war.
Deadline reported that Ortega’s departure is not related to Barrera’s firing or a dispute over her agreement with Spyglass over Ortega’s “Scream” contract. The media outlet also reported that Ortega’s departure was discussed with Spyglass before the actors’ strike took place.
The horror movie franchise has now lost two of its main leads, which leaves fans wondering about the future of the series.
The L.A. Times confirmed that Spyglass dropped Barrera from the film after the movie production company believed that her social media posts crossed a line into antisemitism, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly.
“Spyglass’ stance is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech,” a Spyglass spokesperson said in an interview with Variety magazine.