Last week there was a lot of buzz surrounding the fourth film in the Scream franchise thanks to the addition of Twilight’s Ashley Greene, “HeroesHayden Panetierre, and Rory Culkin. Now according to a report from EW, Emma Roberts has also signed on to star in the sequel. Previously, we learned that Greene was cast as Jill, Sidney Prescott’s cousin and the new heroine in the series, which isn’t entirely true…

It turns out that THR’s claim that Greene would star as Jill was just speculation. That role will go to Roberts instead who will headline the new cast. This decision makes more sense because Culkin is supposed to star as her love interest and not only are they closer in age but they previously worked together in 2008′s Lymelife.

“I’m so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise,” says Roberts, who’s best known for playing Nancy Drew and last year’s Hotel for Dogs. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before.” Producer Wes Craven adds, “Emma’s talent, beauty, and range will add immensely to the sophistication, intensity, and fun of the Scream franchise as it returns to the screen once more.”

It looks like they went the route of actually hiring a teenager to play…a teenager, which is refreshing to see. The original main actors from the first three movies, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, are all reprising their roles in Scream 4 to kick-start another trilogy that will be led by the newbies.

The film is set to begin production next month in Michigan and is scheduled to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

What do you think about Roberts being the new Scream lead?