Back in October, just before Halloween, we learned about a new horror comedy series called “Scream Queens” from “Glee” and “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy. Now the two leads are cast, and they’re fantastic choices.
FX has announced that the anthology series will be led by Jamie Lee Curtis, one of the most iconic scream queens of the horror genre behind her mother Janet Leigh, and Scream 4 and We’re the Millers star Emma Roberts.
Roberts can currently be seen as Maggie Esmeralda on Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and she was also part of the previous “Coven” season as well, so her casting isn’t surprising, but it’s certainly welcome. She’s shown a solid range in performances from comedies to horror and serious drama as well, so she certainly has the talent to pull this off.
As for Curtis, that’s just an awesome bit of casting. The actress hasn’t been all that prominent of a star in the past decade, but she rose to fame as one of the most iconic Final Girls in horror history as Laurie Strode in the Halloween franchise. Her breakthrough role in the first film from director John Carpenter led to a series of roles in horror films like The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train and the eventual sequel Halloween II. That’s where the Scream Queen moniker comes from.
Curtis reprised her role as Strode in Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Resurrection, but before that, she found success in great comedies like A Fish Called Wanda (as well as the spiritual sequel Fierce Creatures), Trading Places and the action comedy True Lies. More recently she hasn’t had much luck on the big screen, but she’s had some fun with a recurring guest role on “New Girl.”
This sounds like a project tailor made for Curtis, though we’re not sure what role she’ll be playing in the film. As of now, all we know is that the first season of the series follows a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders, and it will run 15 episodes beginning in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned for more.
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