Newswire: NBC confirms Sarah Michelle Gellar will star in its Cruel Intentions pilot

Confirming previous rumors, Deadline is reporting that NBC has secured Sarah Michelle Gellar for a starring role in its TV sequel to Cruel Intentions. Gellar starred in the 1999 film as Kathryn Merteuil, a teenaged temptress who lures her ladykiller step-brother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) into his own destruction by coaxing him into falling in love. Now, 17 years later, Gellar is set to reprise the role alongside relative newcomer Taylor John Smith, who’ll play “Bash,” Sebastian’s sure-to-be-corruptible son. (The potential kinda-sorta incest vibes that may or may not develop between the two, meanwhile, might be as close as we ever get to seeing Arrested Development’s Les Cousins Dangereux play out on-screen.)

According to press materials, the older Kathryn is better at hiding her cold heart—presenting herself as a charitable philanthropist specializing in youth rehabilitation—but as eager as ever to encourage others to debauch. She’ll …

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