Jenna Ortega leaves of Scream 7 Following Co-Star’s Dismissal Over Palestine Comments

Jenna Ortega is said to no longer be reprising her role in the upcoming horror film Scream VII. This news comes just one day after her co-star, Melissa Barrera, was fired from the franchise due to controversial comments made about the Israel-Palestine conflict on social media.

According to Deadline, the 21-year-old actress has withdrawn from the sequel due to scheduling conflicts with filming the second season of her hit Netflix series, Wednesday, in which she portrays the iconic character Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.

The Independent reached out to representatives for Ortega and Spyglass, the studio behind the film, for comment but has yet to receive a response.

On November 21, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety that Barrera had been dismissed from the project following posts on social media that were interpreted as antisemitic. 

Spyglass took a strong stance against hate speech and antisemitism, stating, “We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form.”

In her Instagram posts, Barrera referred to Gaza as a “concentration camp” and criticized Western media for only presenting one side of the conflict.

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Jenna Ortega Exits Scream VII, Melissa Barrera Remains

Jenna Ortega leaves of Scream 7 Following Co-Star's Dismissal Over Palestine Comments
Jenna Ortega is said to no longer be reprising her role in the upcoming horror film Scream VII.

Mexican actor Melissa Barrera had recently joined the Scream franchise, starring in its fifth and sixth films alongside Ortega. Representatives for Barrera have not provided a comment in response to The Independent’s request.

Director Christopher Landon, who is helming Scream VII, expressed his thoughts on the matter on Twitter/X, saying, “This is my statement: Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make.”

In a separate incident on the same day, Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon was dropped by talent agency UTA for comments she made at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City. Sarandon’s remarks were seen as divisive and controversial.

Meanwhile, Wednesday, Ortega’s Netflix series has garnered significant attention since its release. Developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the show recorded 341.2 million hours of streaming in just one week, breaking a record previously held by Stranger Things.

Despite Ortega’s strong lead performance, The Independent mentioned in an article about the show’s success that “it cannot escape certain trappings, namely the fact that it is essentially Riverdale meets the Addams Family of Generation Z.”

The developments surrounding the departure of both Barrera and Ortega from Scream VII have created unexpected challenges for the production. As fans eagerly await further updates, the future of the film remains uncertain.

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