Melissa Barrera has reportedly been fired from the upcoming Scream franchise installment, Scream VII, after sharing several social media posts about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. The 33-year-old actress was dropped from the project on November 21, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet reported that one of Barrera’s recent Instagram Stories included a message that read, “Gaza is currently being treated like a concentration camp. Cornering everyone together, with no where to go, no electricity no water … People have learnt nothing from our histories. And just like our histories, people are still silently watching it all happen. THIS IS GENOCIDE & ETHNIC CLEANSING.”
Barrera starred in 2022’s Scream and 2023’s Scream VI as the lead character, Samantha Carpenter, alongside co-star and Wednesday actress, Jenna Ortega. The two portrayed sisters and had to fend off Ghostface in the two films. Original franchise heroine Neve Campbell left Scream VI due to a salary dispute with the studio, and Barrera and Ortega’s characters took the lead alongside Courteney Cox.
Barrera has not publicly responded to the news of her apparent firing. The main company behind the horror franchise, Spyglass, has also not released a statement regarding the matter. However, multiple outlets previously reported that Barrera was expected to reprise her role in the next film.
Scream VI ended with Barrera and Ortega’s characters defeating the three villains who were behind the Ghostface mask — their roommate, Quinn, their friend Ethan, and Detective Bailey. Since Samantha’s late father is Billy Loomis — the original Ghostface — fans watched her character experience delusions, where she would see and hear him urge her to embrace her violent side.
At the end of the film, fans saw Sam holding her late father’s actual mask that he used in the 1990s. However, she drops it and walks away with Tara into the distance following the carnage they just faced.
Scream was not Barrera’s breakout role in the business, but it became one of her most noteworthy performances. She previously starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s film adaptation of his Broadway play, In the Heights, playing the character Vanessa.