TV EXCLUSIVE: ‘Scream’ Casting Narrows Down Top Choices for Series Leads

July 29, 2014 | Posted By In Television, TV Casting | 6366 Views

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John Karna, Carlson Young and Amadeus Sarafini are among the top choices to lead MTV’s series pilot based on Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson‘s “Scream” horror films, Up and Comers has exclusively learned.

A reliable source tells us that some of the casting for the “Scream” series has been completed and that at least one of these characters — who may be played by Karna, Young and Sarafini — will not survive to see the end of the first season.

When MTV sent out a casting call for “Scream” earlier this year, details about the series’ one-hour pilot (written by “Ravenswood’s” Jill Blotevogel) and characters were unveiled. The pilot will center on a YouTube viral video gone wrong, which leads to adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey Jesen and will also serve as the “catalyst for a murder and opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.” The role of Audrey has not yet been cast.

Young is said to be MTV’s top pick to play the role of Brooke Maddox, a 16-year-old who is described as “the high gloss queen bee who thinks she’s nice and the world’s just reading her wrong, capable of being bubbly and seemingly-genuine and also capable of being ferociously sexy.”

As for Karna and Sarafini, the roles they’re up for are not yet known. But by narrowing it down, it’s fair to predict which of the following male series regulars they could be playing: Noah Foster, a “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy” friend of Audrey’s; Will Belmont, a “tall, very attractive” basketball player; and Kiernan Wilcox, a smart and new student at school who is “more mature than his peers.”

Karna is best known for his roles in the R-rated high school sex comedies “Bindlestiffs” and “Premature,” the latter of which he starred alongside Young. He will next be seen in Richard Gray’s thriller “Sugar Mountain.” Young, whose credits include roles on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and HBO’s “True Blood,” will next be seen in the comedy “The Night Is Young.” Sarafini, a model-turned-actor, made his acting debut last year in Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker’s short “Smoke.”


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Alfonso Espina is a Toronto-based freelance writer and graduate of the Journalism program at Ryerson University. He has written for The Huffington Post, Tribute Magazine, Next Projection, Pop Wrapped, MuchMusic, Flicks And The City, and Screen Invasion.