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29th Mar 2023

Jenna Ortega reveals Barry Keoghan convinced her to sign onto their new film together

Fiona Frawley

Jenna Ortega Barry Keoghan

“I can’t not ask you this.”

Jenna Ortega is clearly a fan of Barry Keoghan and the work the Irish actor has brought to the big screen in recent years. That much was evident when she was asked about an upcoming project she has with the Oscar-nominated Dubliner.

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Ortega, who is currently on our cinema screens in Scream VI, was speaking with JOE’s Rory Cashin about the horror flick when he enquired about the, as yet, untitled project with Keoghan. The piece will star music star ‘The Weeknd’ (Abel Tesfaye) in an acting role and is being directed by Trey Edward Shults.

“We haven’t shot any scenes together yet, ” Ortega said, “but we have met a couple of times.”

“I’m very, very excited and honoured to work with him. He has been one of my favourites for a while.

“I think that was almost part of the allure of the project, within the project itself, seeing his name attached and have that interest in it, himself, and all that he brings to a project.”

According to Deadlinewho first broke the story, director of photography Chayse Irvin (‘God’s Creatures’ and ‘Blonde’) and composer Daniel Lopatin (‘Uncut Gems’), is scoring the film alongside The Weeknd. The Canadian had a cameo in Adam Sandler’s ‘Uncut Gems’ and appeared in HBO’s ‘The Idol’.

You can watch that full interview with Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera here:

Jenna Ortega’s future projects

Aside from being linked to Beetlejuice 2 and signing on for this move with Barry Keoghan, Jenna Ortega has three other projects on the ‘upcoming slate’.

She is attached to a love story called ‘Winter Spring Summer or Fall’, Boston crime thriller ‘Finestkind’ and ‘Miller’s Girl’ with Martin Freeman. She is also coming back as Wednesday Addams for season two of Netflix show ‘Wednesday’. Barry Keoghan, meanwhile, is set to appear in Joker 2, along with Brendan Gleeson and Lady Gaga.

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Scream VI arrived in cinemas on Thursday, 9 March.

You can check out our interview with cast members Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding – along with Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera –  right here.

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