Peter Gallagher – best known for being in a coma in While You Were Sleeping and playing likeable dad Sandy Cohen in The OC – is to star in the revamped, TV version of Cruel Intentions.
Gallagher has been cast to play Edward Vermont, who in the TV version of the 90s movie is to be a billionaire hotel magnate whom Variety have described as follows:
“Gallagher will play Edward Valmont, a sexy, beguiling, sophisticated, powerful and ruthless billionaire hotel magnate with fingers in many far-reaching financial pies — some legal, some not so much.”
The NBC series recently confirmed that Reese Witherspoon won’t return in her role as Annette Hargrove, with Kate Levering cast in her place.
The TV series is set fifteen years on from the movie – and is set to run approximately seventeen years after the original – so it was at first thought that parts of the original cast could feature. Sarah Michelle Gellar has confirmed that she will reprise the role of Kathryn Merteuil.
The show will follow on from the events at the end of the film with Kathryn Merteuil vying for control of Valmont International and the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her stepbrother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Casey discovers his late father’s legacy after finding a hidden journal and is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption.
Taylor John Smith has been cast in the role of Bash Casey and Samantha Logan will also star.
The stars of the original Cruel Intentions, meanwhile, did reunite in May 2015 in order to watch an unauthorised parody musical of the film.