American Crime‘s Taylor John Smith has joined the Cruel Intentions TV series pilot at NBC. The project is a sequel to the 1999 Cruel Intentions film, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil, Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont, and Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove. The pilot is reportedly set fifteen years after the events of the movie.
Per Variety, Smith has been cast as Bash Casey, son of the late Valmont. When finds finds his father’s journal, it introduces Bash to a world corrupt with greed, power, money, and sex. Rumor has it Gellar is in talks to reprise her role.
Excerpted from Variety:
The project also revolves around Kathryn Merteuil […] as she vies for control of Valmont International, as well as the soul of Bash.[She] is seriously engaging in conversations, though a deal has not yet closed. Insiders tell Variety that the “Buffy” alum is privy to the script and would return to “Cruel” in a series regular role, should she decide to sign on.
Though Witherspoon’s character is still alive in the “Cruel Intentions” saga, she has not and will not be approached to return to the potential series. The role of Annette is currently being cast for the pilot.
Roger Kumble, the original writer and director of “Cruel Intentions,” will exec produce and direct the pilot, which was penned by scribes Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. The writing duo will also serve as exec producers, along with Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.
Gellar currently voices the role of the Seventh Sister, on Disney XD’s animated Star Wars Rebels TV series. She co-starred opposite the late Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after one season, by CBS. Prior to that, she played dual roles on The CW‘s Ringer TV show, which was also cancelled after one season.
Were you a fan of the Cruel Intentions film? If the Cruel Intentions TV show pilot is ordered to series, will you check it out? Will you be more inclined, if Gellar joins Cruel Intentions? Tell us.