‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Series: Meet The New Cast

Cruel Intentions star Sarah Michelle Gellar has once again proven that she looks even more gorgeous with dark-colored hair. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress debuted her freshly-dyed hair via Instagram on Friday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In late February, Gellar, whose natural hair is honey-colored, confirmed she will reprise her Cruel Intentions role in NBC’s drama pilot based on the film. The 38-year-old actress reached a deal after weeks of negotiations with NBC.

Gellar was asked by executives to reprise the role of Kathryn Merteuil immediately after Cruel Intentions was picked up for a pilot episode.

The Buffy actress captioned her Instagram photo with the new hair color by writing, “#brownhairdontcare (actually kind of love it!!) thank you everyone @andylecomptesalon.”

#brownhairdontcare (actually kind of love it!!) thank you everyone @andylecomptesalon

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It is suspected by fans that Gellar made the decision to change the hair color because NBC is about to launch the filming process of Cruel Intentions. The actress’ hair color looks similar to that of her character Kathryn Merteuil in the 1999 film, in which she starred alongside Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair.

In Gellar’s other Instagram post shared on Saturday, the actress posted a photo of the Cruel Intentions pilot script, which she captioned, “How I am spending the 17 anniversary of the release of #cruelintentions #Crueltv.”

On Thursday, NBC’s Cruel Intentions cast Coby Bell to co-star opposite Gellar, as reported by Deadline. The Burn Notice alum will play the role of Gellar’s character’s husband, Pascal Barrett, who appears to be an arrogant lawyer who acts as the attorney for billionaire Edward Valmont.

At first, Bell’s character is polite when he meets young Bash Casey, the son of the characters played in the Cruel Intentions film by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, but he then becomes pure evil after meeting Gellar’s character, with whom he begins hatching plots.

Samantha Logan and Sophina Brown have also been confirmed to star in NBC’s Cruel Intentions.

The NBC series is set in present day and picks up the story about 18 years after the 1999 film left off. NBC’s Cruel Intentions is centered around gorgeous yet dangerous Kathryn Merteuil, who aspires to control Valmont International. Gellar’s character also vies to have control over Bash Casey, the son of Annette Hargrove and the late Sebastian Valmont.

The series is written and directed by the original movie’s writer-director Roger Kumble, while Neal H. Moritz produces NBC’s Cruel Intentions alongside Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. Kumble co-wrote the script along with Rosin and Ross, both of whom are set to co-executive produce the upcoming TV show.

Coby Bell is famous in the world of TV shows for his role of Jason Pitts on The Game as well as Jesse Porter on USA’s Burn Notice. The 40-year-old actor recently wrapped his role in Amazon’s Mad Dogs.

Meanwhile, Cruel Intentions fans are wondering whether Witherspoon’s character – or Witherspoon herself – will be making an appearance in the series, according to People. And the chances are pretty high considering the fact that the plot is centered around Bash, who is the son of Witherspoon’s character.

However, Witherspoon is currently working on a different series, ABC’s lawyer drama Please Don’t Go, which she is executive producing. But NBC could still recast the character or at least satisfy the fans with Witherspoon’s cameo in Cruel Intentions.

But while the chances of Witherspoon reprising her role in NBC’s upcoming series may be small, fans are still pretty optimistic about Selma Blair, who currently plays the role of Kris Jenner on The People vs. O.J. Simpson, reprising her role as Cecile. In particular, fans are hopeful to see whether her character, who was rather naïve and immature in the original Cruel Intentions film, has grown wiser or not.

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