Melissa Barrera has reportedly been dropped from her starring role in Scream 7.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barrera was dismissed from the sequel due to comments she made about the Israel-Palestine conflict on social media.
The media outlet reports that she’d compared the situation in Gaza to concentration camps and likened it to “genocide and ethnic cleansing” by the Israeli government. However, she has also expressed sympathy and support for the Jewish community.
Digital Spy has reached out to Barrera’s representatives for comment on the situation. Producers Spyglass Media Group have declined to comment.
Barrera has starred in the past two Scream films as Sam Carpenter, a survivor of the Woodsboro murder spree and daughter of infamous killer Billy Loomis.
She previously told Digital Spy that there was “so much potential” for where Sam could go in future movies because of her connections to the franchise’s legacy.
“There’s so much potential here of where she could go with her mental health — she’s just unpredictable. I find that that darkness in her makes her that much more interesting to play and to watch,” Barrera said.
“She’s the hero, but she’s also kind of the villain. It’s this contradiction in her that I find fascinating and, if we get to do another one, I would love to see.
“The writers have done a really good job with her up until this point, so I trust them just to know where to take her [in a way] that will be unexpected and cool for the fans.”
The seventh Scream film was greenlit in August, with Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Freaky) taking over from previous directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
Scream creator Kevin Williamson recently expressed hope that Neve Campbell will return as Sidney Prescott after she left the last film following a pay dispute.
Campbell has thus far cast doubt on possibly returning to Scream because she found the pay dispute to be “disrespectful” given her importance to the franchise.
“I really do believe that the offer would have been different had I been male. I can’t prove that, but it’s the feeling I have — the way I was treated was not great. It feels disrespectful, so at what point does self-respect come into play? It always needs to be there,” she said at the Toronto Film Festival.
Scream VI is streaming on Paramount+, and the seventh film is in the works.
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