Neve Campbell has officially signed up for the upcoming Peacock adaptation of the Twisted Metal video game series. Deadline reports the actor is joining The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie for the streaming series, which will follow Mackie as a talkative courier in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The show is being described as a half-hour comedy and will likely involve a lot of vehicular mayhem and carnage, if the beloved Playstation game series is any indication. Neve Campbell will be playing the character of Raven, who in the games drives a haunted hearse and has some real goth vibes. Considering the actor’s association with cult witchcraft horror movie The Craft and the long-running Scream slasher series, this feels like a real no-brainer.
While video game adaptions have long held negative connotations due to the historic failures of movies like Super Mario Bros and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, there has been a resurgence in recent years. It is unsurprising that stars like Neve Campbell and Anthony Mackie would get on board with Twisted Metal, considering the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog movies and the Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg adaption of Uncharted. After all, if it is good for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man, it’s good enough for Sidney Prescott and the Falcon.
It also makes sense for Peacock to recruit stars like Neve Campbell and Anthony Mackie for Twisted Metal, considering the increasingly competitive streaming market. As the major streaming platforms vie for dominance in the field, they all are developing original content based on anything from early 2000s Playstation games to seminal punk groups to some old books about a guy who really loved jewelry. Twisted Metal already has a built-in fanbase from the many games in the series, and who doesn’t like the idea of watching vehicles being blown up real good by a clown in a sinister ice cream truck? It also helps that post-apocalyptic wastelands have never gone out of style, ever since George Miller’s Mad Max fascinated the world.
Neve Campbell recently returned to the Scream franchise in the legacy sequel/reboot 2022 film, which has already been greenlit for a sequel. Campbell has been a bit iffy on the odds of Sidney Prescott returning, but slasher movies eventually bring back every character who has ever appeared and Scream is unlikely to be an exception. The franchise recently announced the return of Hayden Panettiere for the upcoming next installment.
Anthony Mackie is set to star as the titular character in the MCU’s Captain America 4 (reportedly with an appearance by a certain lunar-themed vigilante), as well as an action-comedy thriller with Indian film icon Priyanka Chopra. Neve Campbell will be appearing in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which indicates she is pretty okay with video game adaptions. Twisted Metal will also star Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz as a character named Quiet and Spider-Man 3’s Thomas Haden Church as Agent Stone. The series does not yet have a release date to stream on Peacock.