Recent Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige joins the cast of season 3 of MTV's Scream TV show. She'll star as one of many potential suspects in the series based on screenwriter Kevin Williamson and late director Wes Craven's meta horror quadrilogy.
Deviating from the first two seasons with an entirely new cast, crew, and storyline, the third season of MTV's Scream - inspired by the film series of the same name - follows a teenager named Deion (RJ Cyler) whose past comes back to haunt him in the form of a masked killer. As he attempts to piece together the identity of the killer, his life, as well as the lives of his friends (including Keke Palmer, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Tyler Posey, Giorgia Whigham, C.J. Wallace, and Jessica Sula) are at risk. Now, rounding out the cast is the newest addition, the nominee for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dee Rees' Mudbound.
THR announced that Blige was cast in the upcoming third season, though no other details regarding her character have been announced beyond her playing Deion's mother Sherry Elliot. In fact, Blige is currently the only adult character cast in the show, which is expected to serve as a soft reboot of the series. Scream's new showrunner Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries), as well as executive producers Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty, will oversee a rebranded version of the series, shifting it into an anthology miniseries format, a la American Horror Story and Castle Rock. Compared to last season's 12-episode run, season 3 will include six episodes aired over the course of three nights.
Along with the third season's rebranding, the show will also bring back the classic Ghostface costume and mask used by the killers in the original movies. The first two seasons of Scream featured an updated design of the killer's ensemble, replacing the classic store-bought Halloween costume aesthetic for a design that was meant to serve a more grounded purpose. In season 3 however, the killer (or killers) will don the traditional Ghostface mask as seen in Craven's film series.
Now, even though there is little in the way of plot, it's fair to assume that Blige's character might play an integral role - seeing as mothers in the Scream universe are often the catalyst to the story's overarching mystery. That said, seeing as the Scream series is predicated on subverting expectations, any mystery surrounding Blige's character may well turn out to be nothing more than a red herring.