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Matthew Lillard talks Stu Macher and if would he return to Scream franchise

April 28th, 2024 by Marc Comments

One of the biggest Scream theories, almost thirty years on from the release of the first movie, is that Matthew Lillard’s Stu Macher, one of the original two killers, is still alive in the Scream universe and will someday return to cause havoc.

It’s a theory that is not without its merits as originally Lillard was set to return for Scream 3, he was even paid for the gig! The story would have seen Macher controlling a group of killers form his jail cell and even as recently as Scream VI, it was established that there’s still doubt that Macher is dead, despite having a have TV dropped on his head by final girl Sidney Prescott.

Lillard has spoken about returning several times in the past, going from not thinking it would happen to being keen to come back and now he’s talking about it again as we’re getting ready for Scream VII to film.

Speaking at Calgary Expo over the weekend, the actor made it clear that he’s ready to put the Ghostface mask on again: “I stand at the ready to serve the franchise as it needs to be served. Here’s the good news — they don’t need me. I think it would be fun , but it’s not up to me.”

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I am truly, as we’re known, a Stu-believer, as I totally think that sooner than later we will see Stu return to try to finish what was started in the first movie in 1996 and with the seventh movie seeing Neve Campbell’s Sidney’s family being targeted by the killer again and likely releasing on or around the series’ 30th anniversary, there would never be a better time to have him back.

What do you all think? will Stu return to try to kill Sidney once more? Let me know…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….