Jamie Lee Curtis’ ‘Scream Queens’

Published: May 20, 2015

Jamie Lee Curtis’ ‘Scream Queens’, She played bad girl Madison Montgomery on Coven, the third season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. And Emma Roberts is channeling that mean girl persona again, as she portrays Chanel Oberlin, the president of Kappa Kappa Tau sorority in the first full-length trailer for Ryan’s upcoming horror comedy Scream Queens.

The 24-year-old is joined by Glee’s Lea Michele, who dons a neck brace as one of the sorority’s latest pledges, and Nick Jonas, who shows off his toned abs in the three-minute promo.

The video begins on a murder that took place at the Kappa house 20 years ago, teasing: ‘Now the revenge begins.’

Oliver Hudson stars as the worried father of Skyler Samuels’ character, and he begs her not to join a sorority as he drives her to begin her time at Wallace University.

She, of course, goes against his wishes, as she gushes of her plans to rush Kappa Kappa Tau to her friend – played by Keke Palmer – who jokes, forebodingly: ‘Girl, I’d rather die.’

Jamie Lee Curtis makes her grand appearance as the dean of Wallace University, bluntly telling Emma’s character: ‘I’m gonna be honest. I hate sororities and I hate you.’

Meanwhile, the impeccably dressed star simply stares back at Jamie Lee with a steely gaze, before she’s shown engaging in the activities that likely bring on the dean’s disfavor in the first place.

‘Good evening, idiot hookers,’ she says to a batch of pledges in one scene, before Jamie Lee drops the news that: ‘this year Kappa will be required to accept anyone who wants to become a pledge.’

Kappa’s unique new pledge class includes Lea, who looks almost unrecognizable as Hester, with frizzy, uncombed hair, rainbow-embellished graphic print T-shirts, and a neck brace.

Emma is then seen threatening to whip the new girls into shape, as she says: ‘You’re about to get hazed harder than a suburban banquet hall during bat mitzvah season.’

And they weren’t kidding, as the girls are then seen buried up to their necks in the sorority’s backyard, as two of the ‘Chanels’ explain that they’re headed off to grab drinks as they spend the night there.

However, that’s where the screaming begins, when a lawnmower is suddenly set loose over the yard in which the girls are trapped… and it seems the Kappas are about to be down a pledge.

Ryan’s murderer for the season – who dons a devil costume, made after the school’s mascot – then begins to appear, haunting the sorority girls, first trying to attack the queen bee herself.

Niecy Nash appears as a comical, but well-meaning campus cop who comes to assist the Kappas – possibly like David Arquette’s Dewey in Scream – though soon finds the ‘devil’ after her as her partner takes a knife to the neck.

The sorority president is not quite pleased with the choice, and makes it known to Gigi (SNL’s Nasim Pedrad), accusing: ‘If hiring her was your idea, I’m suspicious that you’re the one trying to kill us.’

Skyler’s character – who joined to be closer to her mother, who died when she was younger – goes snooping through Kappa, looking where its darkest secrets are buried, and we see the mysterious masked figure watching her.

Meanwhile, another clip seems reminiscent of Scream, as Nick Jonas – shirtless and showing off his sculpted abs – is presented with the devil in costume, and quips: ‘What, am I supposed to be scared?’ not unlike Rose McGowan’s Tatum in the 1996 film.

The trailer comes to a close with a montage of ghastly clips, ranging from messages written in blood and victims gasping for help, to Skyler discovering the devil costume.

Jamie Lee is spotted stating the obvious as she admits that the ‘worst case scenario’ would be ‘that there is an actual serial killer on the loose’.

Meanwhile, mean girl Chanel (Emma) is still focused on her sorority, as she quips: ‘If any of you die while protecting a sister, you’re allowed to skip the rest of Hell Week.’

Though she doesn’t have any speaking parts in the trailer, the series also stars Ariana Grande as sorority sister Chanel #2, sporting her trademark ponytail, high heels, and skimpy outfits.

Joe Manganiello was originally cast as Wes, but after he had to pull out due to Magic Mike XXL commitments, Oliver Hudson took the role in his place.

Ryan, the man behind Glee and American Horror Story, told Entertainment Weekly last month: ‘It’s very much like Ten Little Indians. There’s a real tune-in factor because it’s like, Who’s going to be picked off this week? And also who is the killer?’

‘Every episode, you get clues as to who the killer is going to be and then all of these clues accumulate. Whoever survives – and there will be people who will survive – they will go on next season to a new location and a new terror.

‘Unlike Horror Story, which completely reboots, this has some of the continuity in that some of the characters and some of the relationships continue into a new world.’

Ryan, promises there will be ‘countless love triangles and lots of sex’ in the series, and added to Entertainment Weekly that the killer will not be revealed until the final of the 15 episodes.

Scream Queens premieres on Fox in September.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Scream

Jamie Lee Curtis Scream

Jamie Lee Curtis Scream

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