It was reported in early February that Sarah Michelle Gellar was approached to reprise the role of Kathryn Merteuil for the Cruel Intentions NBC pilot and last night various media outlets as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar herself confirmed that she will be returning in the role.
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) February 25, 2016
Sarah Michelle Gellar played the character in the 1999 film alongside Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, which received a cult following as the story focused on two wealthy step-siblings (Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont and Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil) of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to de-flower the new headmaster’s daughter (Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove) before the start of term.
The pilot is set fifteen years after the events of the film as we follow the cunning and beautiful Kathryn Merteuil vying for the control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove. The character of Kathryn Merteuil for the pilot has been described as follows:
Kathryn is a master manipulator who easily hides her self-serving machinations behind a facade of charm, poise and warmth. The woman behind the scandal involving Bash’s mother, Annette Hargrove, 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 re-appearance in her life of the girl she wronged years ago, Annette Hargrove Casey. A force of nature, Kathryn has many secrets in her life.
Sarah Michelle Gear will be reunited with film writer and director Roger Kumble, as well as producer Neal H. Moritz (pictured above on her twitter page) and joins cast members Taylor John Smith (Insidious: Chapter 3/American Crime), Samantha Logan (666 Park Avenue/The Fosters) and Sophina Brown (Numbers/Scream). If the pilot gets a series order than Gellar will be down as a series regular. This is quite big news for those that were hesitant about the film being adapted to a television series and to attach Sarah Michelle Gellar back into the role of Kathryn Merteuil. Just wonder now who will end up playing the Annette Hargrove Casey role now for the pilot.