“Scream” is always a stop during the Halloween season, but the film was actually released on December 20, 1996. In honor of Scream’s anniversary and the upcoming Scream 5, you can see how the OG cast has changed then and now.
Scream was first released on December 20, 1996 and has become a pop culture phenomenon. The opening moments where Drew Barrymore Character is brutally murdered changes the game for the horror genre. The film played the main role Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, and Rose McGowan. Even after 24 years we still cheer for the legendary Sidney Prescott.
Subsequent sequels were later released in 1997, 2000, and 2011, and featured stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Emma Roberts. However, if you ask us, nothing has ever matched the magic of the first entry in the series. The fifth Scream film is officially in the works. The release date is January 14, 2022. The legendary Scream trio – Sidney, Dewey and Gale – are back to compete against Ghostface and some new characters again. See the original line-up of Scream then and now below.
Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott)
Neve Campbell (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Neve CampbellThe 47-year-old played Sidney Prescott, a young woman who was hunted by assassins (all of whom took on the role of “Ghostface”) throughout the franchise. In the first film, Sidney was preparing for the first anniversary of her mother’s murder when a new killer began pursuing her. Her mother was believed to have been killed by a man named Cotton Weary, but it was later revealed that her mother’s real killers were Sidney’s friend Billy Loomis and his good friend Stu Macher.
After Neve starred in the Scream films, she kept acting and building her resume. She has taken on roles in shows like House Of Cards, Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, The Simpsons, and Mad Men. She also starred in films like Investigating Sex, Skyscraper With Dwayne The Rock Johnsonand lock in the floor. Neve has been married twice and has two children with her current boyfriend. JJ Feild. Her next appearance is to repeat the role of Sidney in Scream 5!
David Arquette (Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley)
David Arquette (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / AP)
As Deputy “Dewey” Riley, David Arquette Character investigated the Woodsboro murders and it nearly led to his death. Fortunately, he managed to survive and saw three more films. He also suggested Gale Weathers at the end of Scream 3.
Since starring in Scream, the 49-year-old has appeared in several films including Never Been Kissed, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Bone Tomahawk, and other Scream films. He’s also had roles on shows like Friends, My Name is Earl, and Medium. Interestingly enough, David is also a professional wrestler who won the World Championship Heavyweight Wrestling title in 2000. He recently starred in a documentary about his life, You Cannot Kill David Arquette. He will be returning for Scream 5 and David has spoken to him HollywoodLife ONLY about who may or may not return to Scream 5.
Courteney Cox (storm weather)
Courteney Cox (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Courteney CoxThe 56-year-old played Gale Weathers, an overly eager journalist who covered the Woodsboro murders for a news agency. While she originally served as Sidney’s archenemy, Gale ended up focusing less on her career and more on building relationships with others. It may actually be one of the main reasons she survived so many of the killer’s attacks and why she will be back for Scream 5.
Courteney was already starring in Friends (1994-2004) when Scream premiered in 1996, but after the film was released she starred in shows like Dirt and Cougar Town, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Offscreen married Scream co-star David Arquette in 1999, but they later divorced in 2013. You have a daughter, Cocotogether who was born in 2004.
Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)
Skeet Ulrich (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Skeet UlrichThe 50-year-old played Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis in the first Scream movie. His involvement in the death of Sidney’s mother is actually one of the movie’s biggest twists and turns. However, after Sidney reveals his motivation for her murder, he shoots him and kills him.
After his role in Scream, Skeet appeared in other films, including Nobody’s Baby and Ride With the Devil. He also starred in several television shows including Miracles, Law & Order: LA and most recently Riverdale, where he played FP Jones for the first four seasons. Skeet has two children with his ex-wife Georgina CatesHe divorced in 2005.
Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher)
Matthew Lillard (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Matthew LillardThe 50-year-old played Billy’s accomplice Stu in the first Scream film. Stu was boyfriend of Sidney’s best friend, Tatum. He also threw a party at his home after his ex-girlfriend Casey was murdered. At the party it is revealed that he and Billy are the Ghostface killers. Stu dies after Sidney drops a television on his head and electrocutes him.
After starring in Scream, Matthew took on the role of Shaggy in the 2002 live action film Scooby-Doo. He has also appeared in such films as SLC Punk !, She’s All That, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and The Descendants. The actor who married his wife Heather helmet 2000 also starred in shows like The Bridge, Twin Peaks Reboot, and Good Girls. He and his wife share three children.
Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks)
Jamie Kennedy (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / AP)
In the first Scream movie Jamie KennedyThe 50-year-old plays Randy, a horror movie fan who has feelings for Sidney. Although he was shot by one of the killers towards the end of the film, he survived. Unfortunately, we can’t say that Randy faces the same fate in the sequel, but he’s as memorable today as it was then. Since Scream, Jamie has appeared in films like Max Keeble’s Big Move and Son of the Mask, as well as shows like Criminal Minds, The Cleveland Show and Lucifer. Jamie also starred in the final two seasons of Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt. He’s also done stand-up comedy and has appeared in comedy specials over the years.
Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley)
Rose McGowan (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Next to Sidney’s best friend Tatum Rose McGowanThe 47-year-old also played Stu’s girlfriend and the sister of deputy “Dewey” Riley. Unfortunately, she was killed by Ghostface in a garage during Stu’s party. But after her role in the film, she starred in several ’90s films, including Jawbreaker, The Doom Generation, and Southie. She also played – mostly – for five seasons as Paige Matthews on Charmed. Most recently, she got into an online feud with her former Charmed co-star. Alyssa Milanoand said the actress was “toxic” behind the scenes on Charmed.
Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker)
Drew Barrymore (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Drew BarrymoreThe 45-year-old had a small but very memorable role as the murdered teenager Casey in Scream. Talking about the famous slasher movie recently, she revealed why she fought for her character to die so early in the movie. Now she’s still one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She has starred in films like The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed, Donnie Darko and 50 First Dates, as well as in shows like Santa Clarita Diet. Her own talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, premiered in September 2020. Drew married an art consultant Will Kopelman in 2012 and she has two daughters with him. They divorced in 2016.
Liev Schreiber (Cotton Tired)
Liev Schreiber (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Liev SchrieberThe 53-year-old played Cotton Weary in the Scream franchise. He was initially suspected of killing Sidney’s mother, Maureen, but it was later revealed in the first film that he was innocent, even though he and Maureen had an affair before their murder. Liev took his big break in the Scream films and has been playing ever since. He has starred in films like Hamlet, The Omen, Salt, The Butler, and Spotlight. And on television he plays the title character of the crime thriller Ray Donovan. The actor has two sons with a former partner Naomi Watts. They separated in 2016 after 11 years.
Henry Winkler (Arthur Himbry)
Henry Winkler (Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection / Mega)
Henry WinklerThe 74-year-old played Principal Himbry in Scream. He was tragically killed by the Ghostface killers (later exposed as Billy and Stu) during a brutal attack in his office, so he didn’t stick around for too long. But the Happy Days actor continued to act after this film was released. Henry has appeared in films such as Click, Holes and Here Comes the Boom. In addition to Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, for which he is best known, the actor has appeared on television shows such as Law & Order: SVU. He currently plays acting coach Gene Cousineau for Barry.