“My mom and dad are gonna be so mad at me!”

When it comes to horror, few masters measure up to the greatness of Wes Craven.

Responsible for such classics as The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, the American filmmaker has shaped our nightmares for decades.

However, many fans would argue that Scream remains his crowning achievement.

Released in 1996, the meta approach to the genre proved to be a breath of fresh air and introduced audiences to characters now considered iconic. Of course, some reprised their roles in the next three installments, but a wealth of fans were always disappointed that Matthew Lillard never came back as Stu.

The franchise has been resurrected courtesy of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with Scream, or as it’s inevitably being called by audiences, Scream 5.

Ever since it was announced, casting rumours have been rampant online, yet most discussion has been focused on whether Matthew Lillard is in Scream 5. So, is he?

Screenshot: Scream | Official Trailer (2022 Movie)

Is Matthew Lillard in Scream 5?

Matthew Lillard hasn’t been confirmed as part of the Scream cast and doesn’t appear in the recently unveiled trailer. However, there are a number of reasons to suspect that he is back and that the creative team is simply keeping Stu’s return a secret.

Reflecting on the ending of the original, it was revealed that Stu and Billy were the killers. Sidney shot Billy in the head so there’s no way he survived, but Stu only had a TV dropped on his head.

Obviously, that must have caused some serious damage, but it may not necessarily have killed him.

In fact, even Matthew himself believes the character may be alive and tweeted the following in September 2020, around the time that many began to voice their theories predicting his return in a fifth installment: “I mean… it was just a TV? Right? You’d think he’d SURVIVE?”

Fans were enthusiastic in the replies, with the top comment reading: “F**k yes. If not for S5, they need to bring you back for S6. I’m praying. Stu is alive.”

It would certainly be a welcome treat that would shock so many viewers, and fortunately, there’s more to consider; Stu’s house shows up in the trailer!

This will make you feel a little woozy

Ultimately, even if the writers wanted to see Stu back in Scream (2022), it depends whether Matthew even wishes to tackle the role again.

While chatting with toofab, he confirmed that he’d love the opportunity to step into Stu’s shoes again:

“There’s nobody that wouldn’t want to come back and reprise a role they got to do when they were a boy and be able to do something different as a man would be exciting. You just don’t get that opportunity often.”

Additionally, the writer of the original – Kevin Williamson – has said that the directors’ “take on the movie is both original, inventive, and honors Wes’ legacy in a wonderful way.”

Sure, it’s no confirmation, but what better way to honour that legacy than to bring it full circle with Stu?

Even the title may be a sneaky clue alluding to Stu’s return. Rather than calling the movie Scream 5, it’s simply called Scream which may be because the killer is the same. Food for thought.

Scream | Official Trailer

Scream | Official Trailer

He never left the franchise

Although Stu only appeared in the original, it’s worth highlighting that Matthew never really left the series.

He had a cameo in Scream 2 as Guy at Party and also one in Scream 4 as Guy at Stab-a-Thon. So, it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to see him back if he never truly left.

In fact, it’s exciting to contemplate whether the writers could refer back to these cameos in Scream 5 and connect them to Stu. Either way, we’re holding out hope that Stu arrives to make this the most legendary sequel yet.

Scream releases on Friday, January 14th 2022.

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