David Arquette had announced in May that he would reprise his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the upcoming reboot. Cox along with David Arquette co-starred in the four-film franchise ever since it released in 1996.
The reboot will be directed by Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
The previous installments had been directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson.
Spyglass Media Group and Paramount made the announcement Friday and said filming is expected to begin later this year in Wilmington, N.C.
Williamson and Chad Villella are executives producing with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, and William Sherak serving as producers.
They said in a statement, “We can’t imagine ‘Scream’ without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney. We’re absolute mega fans of her work and we’re so excited to join her in the next chapter of the ‘Scream’ saga!”
Courtney Cox will soon be seen in the upcoming Starz horror-comedy, Shining Vale, from Divorce creator Sharon Horgan and Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof.