Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins NBC's 'Cruel Intentions' Reboot


Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed on Instagram that she is joining the cast of the “Cruel Intentions” reboot on NBC.

The actress posted an image of herself with original producers Roger Kumble and Neal H. Moritz, who are both returning for the NBC show. She captioned the Instagram pic: “#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.”

Fans were thrilled with the news, writing comments such as: “I’m so there it’s insane,” “Wonderful Sarah!!! that’s a Great news!!! I can’t wait!!!” and “yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!! You have made my day.”

#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

A photo posted by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on Feb 24, 2016 at 6:03pm PST

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the TV series will pick up 15 years after the 1999 film left off.

In the original film, Kathryn (Gellar) is dumped by her boyfriend, Court Reynolds (Charlie O’Connell), for the innocent Cecile (Selma Blair). Desperate to get even, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) to ruin Cecile. Sebastian obliges but also sets his sights on a higher challenge – the headmaster’s daughter, Annette (Reese Witherspoon), who vows to stay a virgin until she marries her boyfriend. If Sebastian succeeds, Kathryn must sleep with him, something he’s wanted since their parents got married.

The TV series will center on the son of Annette and Sebastian, who sets out on a quest to learn about his family history after reading his father’s journal.

Witherspoon and Phillippe ended up marrying just months after the movie was released and had two children together. They divorced in 2007.

THR summarizes the TV pilot: “The drama follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined. Sophinia Brown will co-star.”

Kathryn is described as “a master manipulator who easily hides her self-serving machinations behind a facade of charm, poise and warmth.”



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