Emma Roberts to star in new meta thriller Fourth Wall

The Scream Queens vet will play a '90s star forced to recreate moments from her hit show.
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What were some of your favorite shows from the 1990s? Living Single? Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Boy Meets World? Everybody Loves Raymond? What if you saw the cast in an updated horror movie that forces them to recreate iconic moments to stay alive? That's the plot of the upcoming thriller Fourth Wall, starring American Horror Story and Scream Queens alum Emma Roberts.

Stampede Pictures is producing the new film. They previously worked with Roberts on the comedy film Space Cadets, which will be released on Prime Video this Fourth of July and also stars Gabrielle Union, Tom Hopper, and Poppy Liu.

Fourth Wall features Roberts in the leading role as an actress from a popular '90s series who gets kidnapped one day and wakes up to find herself on a set that has been painstakingly recreated to look like the show's, and all of her castmates are with her. To survive their traumatizing ordeal, the cast must recreate specific scenes and moments from the show.

Grant Torre, Stampede Pictures' VP of Film, describes the movie as one that "speaks to our popular culture in such a unique, entertaining way. With all of her experience, Emma is the dream to lead this film that explores fame and the cost of growing up in front of the camera."

The conversation revolving around child stars and what life is like for adolescents growing up on kid-centric channels like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon has been a hot topic of conversation lately, so this film could be tapping into some timely and rather dark subject matter, depending on what direction the script takes.

Fourth Wall will be directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Alexis Ostrander, who previously directed episodes of M. Night Shyamalan's Apple TV+ series Servant and the acclaimed AMC series Interview with the Vampire and Mayfair Witches. The script is written by Jerry Kontogiorgis.

No other casting details have been announced yet, but stay tuned to 1428 Elm for more updates on Fourth Wall, and don't miss Space Cadets this July on Prime Video.

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