Fox is embracing the two Friday the 13ths we’ve seen so far in 2015 to springboard its forthcoming horror comedy series Scream Queens. A brief tease landed on that unlucky day in February, and a new 20-second clip made its way online late last week, with Emma Roberts making her trailer debut.
The show hails from American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who are marshalling the anthology series along with Glee cohort Ian Brennan. Specific story details are being kept out of the public forum at this time, but we know that the show will revolve around “a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders and is set in a sorority house.”
Roberts’ appearance in the above clip is an alluring glimpse mainly into the tone of the show. Exhibiting a pastel color palette, commercial pop soundtrack and an actress blowing bubblegum hints more toward the “comedy” part of the show’s descriptor than the “horror.” Until the end that is, when a demonic face emerges from the gooey candy sphere.
Additionally, a casting development on the show emerged over the weekend. Joe Manganiello (Sabotage) exited the series due to other commitments that many suspect is linked with his involvement in Suicide Squad. Whether or not that’s true, Fox isn’t slowing down on Scream Queens. The very same day Nashville‘s Oliver Hudson was announced as Manganiello’s replacement, although who that character may be is still under lock and key.
Scream Queens will star Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Skyler Samuels, Nasim Perdad, Billie Lourde, Oliver Hudson, Diego Boneta, Glen Powell and Lucien Laviscount. Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas are both committed to guest-starring roles.