Lake Bell drops out of starring role in Scream 4

Just four days before filming was set to begin on SCREAM 4, actress Lake Bell was forced to drop out of the production due to scheduling conflicts. The actress posted an update on Twitter saying, "Sucks: Scheduling conflicts with my current gig means I cant do #Scream4! (Hey horror bloggers, I know who the killer is...)" Her "current gig" is the untitled Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher comedy (formerly titled F*CKBUDDIES) that Ivan Reitman is directing for Paramount.

Bell was set to play one of the larger parts in the movie, Deputy Judy Hicks. The original casting call described the character as "A police officer, decidedly sexy but a bit off, she knew Sidney from high school. Didn’t make a big enough impression for Sidney to remember her. Likes her boss, Dewey, perhaps a little too much."

Director Wes Craven and The Weinstein Co. will no doubt be searching for a replacement quickly so they can keep the schedule on track. (The news just became public but I'm sure Craven and crew were alerted to this issue far before today.)

Extra Tidbit: They were supposed to play former classmates but Bell is actually five years younger than Neve Campbell.
Source: Twitter



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