Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis have been tapped for leading roles in Scream Queens, Fox’s comedy-horror series created by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. The 15-episode first installment of the anthology series, slated for next fall, revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders.
Both Roberts and Curtis have solid horror credentials — Roberts was in Scream 4 and most recently in Murphy and Falchuk’s American Horror Story on FX, with co-starring roles in the Coven and Freak Show installments. Because of her ties to Murphy and Falchuk via AHS, Roberts had been rumored to star in Scream Queens from the moment the straight-to-series project was announced. Curtis earned a Scream Queen moniker early in her career with her breakout starring turn in John Carpenter’s Halloween that led to a string of popular horror movies.
With the casting of Curtis, Murphy continues to lure to TV great but underutilized actresses of a certain age with meaty, showy roles, which he has done successfully on AHS with Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan executive produce Scream Queens alongside fellow Glee exec producer Dante Di Loreto for 20th Century Fox TV.