Scream 7 fires actress Melissa Barrera over Israel-Hamas conflict comments, Jenna Ortega also not returning

Both the leads of the Scream franchise won't be returning for the seventh film.
Both the leads of the Scream franchise won't be returning for the seventh film. Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Scream actress Melissa Barrera has been fired from the planned seventh film in the horror movie franchise after she made comments about the Israel-Hamas conflict online.

Sources told US website Deadline she was dropped after "reposts in her Instagram stories that have been perceived as antisemitic".

A statement from Spyglass Media, the production company behind the Scream series, said the reposts had "flagrantly" crossed the line.

"Spyglass' stance is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech," it said.

Barrera became famous on US cable series Vida before winning a lead role in Warner Bros. feature musical In the Heights and continuing on to the Scream franchise for two movies. She played Sam Carpenter in the films, which released in 2022 and 2023.

Work has yet to commence on the seventh film, but it is believed to have been scheduled to shoot in Canada in 2024.

Barrera has not made any comment on the news of her ousting on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it has also been revealed Jenna Ortega, who played the sister of Barerra's character in the Scream films, won't be returning for the seventh installment either.

US website The Dish claimed her decision not to return was due to a conflict with the proposed shooting of Netflix series Wednesday in which she played the lead role.

The site also claimed the decision to leave had been mooted prior to the actors' strike in Hollywood.