Ryan Murphy’s ‘Scream Queens’ Adds Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis
“Scream Queens,” Ryan Murphy’s new horror-comedy anthology series, has tapped Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis as its first two cast members, Variety has confirmed.
The project, which has landed a straight-to-series order from Fox, is designed as an anthology series revolving around two female leads each season, with the first season focused on activity at a college campus rocked by a series of murders.
Roberts is well-suited for the series as a veteran of Murphy’s “American Horror Story” franchise, having appeared in “Coven” and “Freakshow.” Curtis has made her own mark in the horror genre with her roles in “Halloween,” “The Fog” and “Prom Night.”
Fox has ordered 15 episodes of “Scream Queens” for a premiere next fall. Murphy serves as co-creator alongside “Glee” collaborators Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuck, who is also co-creator of “American Horror Story.”
Lea Michele to Star in ‘Scream Queens'; Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens in ‘Grease’
Fox has revealed the stars of “Scream Queens,” its new comedy-horror anthology series: “Glee” star Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike XXL”), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Keke Palmer (“Akeela and the Bee,” “Masters of Sex”).
The series hails from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”
Grammy Award nominee Ariana Grande will guest-star in a recurring role.
Fox made the cast announcements at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Saturday.
Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) were previously announced in starring roles in the limited series.
The first installment in the new anthology series revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. Fox has ordered 15 one-hour episodes of the series, which is scheduled to begin production in the spring and will premiere next fall.
“Scream Queens” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television. The series is co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto will serve as executive producers.
Fox also announced the stars for its upcoming musical “Grease: Live” (working title): Julianne Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”) will play Sandy, and Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) has been cast as Rizzo.
“Grease: Live,” which had been tentatively scheduled for summer 2015, will air live on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7-10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).
“Grease: Live” will be exec produced by Marc Platt and is based on the original musical “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. It will be a Paramount Television production.
“‘Grease’ is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time,” said Platt. “It’s fun, it’s endearing, and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today’s audience.”
“‘Grease’ is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” said Hough.
“Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge,” added Hudgens. “I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I’m going to be a Pink Lady!”
Nick Jonas has landed a recurring role on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck’s horror comedy “Scream Queens,” Variety has confirmed.
Jonas joins a cast that already includes “Glee” star Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Joe Manganiello.
Ariana Grande is also set to guest star.
The 15-episode anthology comedy will premiere in fall of 2015, with the first season set on a college campus shaken by a series of murders. Details on Jonas’ role, and the series’ plot are being kept under wraps.
Currently a regular on DirecTV’s “Kingdom,” Jonas recently released his self-titled solo album.
Ryan Murphy is known for breaking young talent as he has done on Glee. He now has cast a newcomer in his next series for Fox, Scream Queens. Joining the horror-comedy anthology series is NYU graduate Billie Lourd, making her TV debut. While relatively new to professional acting, Lourd is not new to the business as she is the daughter of CAA managing director Bryan Lourd and actress Carrie Fisher.
Lourd will be part of an ensemble cast that also includes Glee‘s Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello and Abigail Breslin.
Production is set to begin in the spring on the first installment of Scream Queens, in which a college campus is rocked by a series of murders. The show from 20th TV and Ryan Murphy Television, which Murphy created with fellow Glee co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, is set to debut in the fall.
On the feature side, Lourd has been rumored to be playing a younger version of her mom’s character, Princess Leia, in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
‘Scream Queens': Skyler Samuels Cast as Series Regular
“Scream Queens” has added actress Skyler Samuels to its ensemble cast as a series regular, Variety has learned.
Samuels joins previously announced stars Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer. Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande are set for guest roles.
Samuels had a recurring role on Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” playing Bonnie, and she starred as the title character in ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King.” She’ll also appear in the upcoming film “The Duff.”
The Fox comedy-horror anthology series hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Murphy will exec produce with “Glee’s” Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto.
Samuels is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen Jacobson.
Diego Boneta To Co-Star In Fox Series ‘Scream Queens'; Glen Powell Also Cast
Mexico-born actor-singer Diego Boneta (Rock OfAges) has been cast as one of the male leads in Scream Queens, Fox’s comedy-horror series created by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Also cast as a regular in the first installment of the anthology series slated for fall is Glen Powell (The Expendables 3). It revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. Details on the characters are sketchy, but Powell is believed to be playing a popular guy who dates the hottest girls on campus, and Boneta is a bookish but handsome guy. He and Powell join an ensemble cast that includes Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, Joe Manganiello, Ariana Grande and Abigail Breslin. 20th TV is the studio.
Boneta, repped by Gersh, Management 360 and attorney Gretchen Rush, next will be seen in CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and the Imagine feature Pelé.
Powell, repped by CAA, Untitled and attorney Greg Slewett, just wrapped the lead in Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About. He will next be seen in Ride Along 2.
Fox is keeping Mulaney co-star Nasim Pedrad in the fold with a series regular role in its upcoming straight-to-series comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Saturday Night Live alumna Pedrad is certain to infuse comedy in the first installment of the anthology series, slated for the fall, which revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders.
Pedrad, who has been in demand this pilot season, will join an ensemble cast that includes Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, Joe Manganiello and Abigail Breslin. Scream Queens hails from 20th Century Fox and Ryan Murphy Television. Pedrad, repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Warren Dern, is recurring on another Fox/20th TV series, comedy New Girl.
Oliver Hudson In, Joe Manganiello Out of Fox’s ‘Scream Queens’
There’s been a quick change among one of the leading men on Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” series, which just began filming in New Orleans.
“True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello has been replaced as a series regular by Oliver Hudson (pictured), who is now on ABC’s “Nashville.”
According to Fox, Manganiello had to bow out because of its commitment to promote “Magic Mike XXI” later this year. The actor had yet to begin filming any scenes, so Hudson was recruited to fill the role.
“Scream Queens” is a horror-comedy revolving around a group of students on a college campus rocked by a series of murders. The project received a straight-to-series order last fall. The idea is that the series will be rebooted each season in anthology form,
The “Glee” combo of Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are shepherding “Scream Queens” as writers and exec producers for 20th Century Fox TV.
‘Scream Queens’ Casts Charisma Carpenter, Reveals Premiere Date
Charisma Carpenter, alumna of cult series classics Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars, has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s comedy-horror Fox anthology series Scream Queens. The show’s star, Emma Roberts, let it slip on Instagram today that the comedy will premiere on the first Tuesday of the season, September 22. In a guest starring/potential recurring role, Carpenter will play the mom of another lead on the show, Ariana Grande.
In the first season of Scream Queens, a college campus is rocked by a series of murders. The series, which Murphy created with fellow Glee co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, hails from 20th TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Oliver Hudson and Abigail Breslin co-star.
Carpenter, who also co-starred on The Lying Game, is repped by TalentWorks and manager Gladys Gonzalez.
‘Scream Queens’ Adds Taylor Lautner as Series Regular for Season 2
Fox’s “Scream Queens” has cast “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner as a series regular in Season 2, Variety has learned.
Season 2 of the horror comedy shifts the action from a college campus to a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Lautner will play one of the series’ new male leads, Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition and becomes a suspect when a series of tragic events plagues the institution.
John Stamos is also joining the series in a lead role, while Season 1 stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash are set to reprise their characters from last year’s outing.
In addition to his breakout role in “The Twilight Saga,” Lautner recently starred in the Netflix original film “The Ridiculous Six,” opposite Adam Sandler, and currently stars in U.K. comedy “Cuckoo,” opposite Greg Davies. Additional credits include the feature films “Tracers”; John Singleton’s thriller, “Abduction,” opposite Lily Collins and Sigourney Weaver; and director Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day,” opposite Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Roberts.
“Scream Queens” hails from Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with 20th Century Fox TV. The series is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who also serve as writers and directors on the series. The show is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Alexis Martin Woodall.
Lautner is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.
“Scream Queens” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on Fox.