Yellowjackets star Jasmin Savoy Brown and Booksmart‘s Mason Gooding play siblings Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin in the new Scream, releasing in theaters on January 14. That last name should sound familiar to Scream franchise fans; Mindy and Chad are related to Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) from the original two Scream movies.
Randy Meeks became a fan favorite in Wes Craven’s 1996 classic thanks to his sense of humor and deep knowledge of horror and its rules for surviving one. How much of that reflects in Mindy and Chad? Is Brown naturally attracted to darkly funny genre roles? Ahead of the new movie’s release, Bloody Disgusting chatted with the pair for answers.
Speaking about carrying on the Meeks family legacy in the new movie, Jasmin Savoy Brown notes, “I didn’t think about it at all, because if I did it would’ve psyched me out. I had to kind of go into it with blinders on. And then in time, now I’ve thought, well, hope we did a good job!”
Mason Gooding chimes in, “Randy as a character is so intrinsic to the Scream mythos and to look at it from a legacy standpoint and carrying on the torch… obviously in different ways… you try in your performance to do as best as you can to pay respects.”
“You want to give nods without copying,” Savoy Brown adds.
You can watch our interview with the two new Scream actors below.
The filmmaking team behind Scream includes directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, as well as executive producer Chad Villella, the three members of the filmmaking group Radio Silence (Ready or Not, V/H/S, Southbound).
The plot is set “Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock) wrote the script. Michel Aller served as the editor for the film.