Nobody does bitch better than Sarah Michelle Gellar, and—yesssss—she’s stepping back into her nastiest role ever: Kathryn Merteuil from “Cruel Intentions.”
It was revealed last year that NBC was in talks to revive the 1999 cult classic, and after negotiations, SMG reportedly closed a deal to star in not only the pilot but—if it gets picked up—the whole series.
According to Deadline, the show starts 15 years after the movie left off and follows Kathryn as she vies for control of ominously important-sounding Big Business Valmont International and goes head to head with new character Bash Casey, the teenage son of her stepbrother, the late Sebastian Valmont (played by a slinky Ryan Phillippe in the movie), and Annette Hargrove (a young Reese Witherspoon). “Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power, and corruption he could have never imagined.” Sign us up!
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#throwbackthursday (a bit early in Los Angeles) this picture was taken on the eve of production on the original #cruelintentions. Its me #rogerkumble (director) and #nealmoritz (exec producer) and the other is a picture of us now on the eve of production on the new #cruelintentions. That's right "everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way" #kathrynmerteuil is back!!! I am happy to say that I will be joining them (and @nbctv ) on the new #Crueltv
The movie—a campy ’90s version of “Dangerous Liaisons”—follows rich, depraved New York City prep-school kids and isn’t short on sex, lies, and drugs. We can only imagine how high school will be portrayed in 2016, since things like texting, Instagram, and—oh yeah—cell phones weren’t really a thing in 1999.
Personally, I’m excited that Gellar’s coming back to TV in a queen-bitch role, but if the pilot doesn’t get picked up, I strongly suggest “Cruel Intentions” fans watch “Ringer”—the actress’s supremely juicy 2011 CW drama that was, sadly, canceled after one season. In it, SMG plays estranged twins—Bridget, a down-on-her-luck former addict and stripper being chased by a killer who thinks she witnessed a murder, and Siobhan, a cold-as-ice devious New York society wife (think a grown-up version of Gellar’s Kathryn from “Intentions”). The two reunite briefly, Siobhan disappears, and Bridget assumes her identity. And that’s just in the first few minutes!
Still, fingers crossed NBC gets the green light—and let’s take bets on how many episodes it’ll be before the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” makes an appearance.