Ashley Greene Offered Scream 4's Lead

Hayden Panettiere also up for a role

Wes Craven and the Dimension Films team have started reaching out to young talent to join the cast of Scream 4.Twilight’s Ashley Greene, Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin have all been offered roles, while Lake Bell is already in negotiations.

If they all sign, they’ll be joining returning regular stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who are ready to show up, albeit in a slightly more limited capacity as they pass the torch on to the new cast.

Greene is wanted to play Jill, Campbell’s cousin and the heroine of the piece, while Panettiere would be her best pal, a big film nerd (always a requirement for the terminally self-aware slasher series). Culkin, meanwhile is being lined up as a guy competing for Greene’s love.

Bell, last seen in It’s Complicated, is likely to appear as a police officer who has a history with Campbell’s Sidney Prescott.

Director Craven and writer Kevin Williamson are apparently trying to keep the new script’s secrets away from the prying eyes of the Magical Internet, and part of the secrecy involves only giving actors and their agents the most basic character descriptions, according to the Heat Vision Blog.

The shoot is planned to kick off this July in Michigan, which has apparently offered up some killer tax incentives. They're slashing the cost of filmmaking! It's really criminal.