NBC’s forthcoming TV revival of Cruel Intentions will include at least one original cast member from the 1999 feature film. Sarah Michelle Geller has signed on to reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil.
Gellar confirmed her casting via Instagram, posting a photo of her with original producers Roger Kumble and Neal H. Moritz prior to production of the film alongside a new picture of the trio together. “That’s right ‘everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way’ #kathrynmerteuil is back!!!” Gellar captioned the photos. “I am happy to say that I will be joining them (and @nbctv ) on the new #Crueltv.”
The pilot for the TV revival picks up 15 years after the events of the film. The Hollywood Reporter describes Gellar’s character as a “master manipulator who easily hides her self-serving machinations behind a facade of charm, poise and warmth … Kathryn is now married to the wealthy Pascal Barrett and spearheads an inspiring youth rehabilitation movement, as well as being involved in a local private school. The stepsister of Sebastian Valmont, Kathryn is privately shaken by the arrival of Sebastian’s son, Bash, and the reappearance in her life of the girl she wronged years ago, Annette Hargrove Casey. A force of nature, Kathryn has many secrets in her life.”
A timetable for the show’s premiere remains unconfirmed.