Kelley joins a growing cast, most notably original star Sarah Michelle Gellar who is reprising her role as Kathryn Merteuil in the potential series. Kelley will play Carmen, the stunning chief for staff for Kathryn and her husband Pascal. She lives in their mansion, along with her teenage brother.
“Cruel Intentions” kicks off 15 years after the film ended, revolving around Kathryn (Gellar), as she vies for control of Valmont International, as well as the soul of Bash Casey (newcomer Taylor John Smith), the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese Witherspoon). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Best known for her season-long starring role in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” Kelley is also known for “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and a long arc on “Body of Proof.”
In an interesting turn of events, “Cruel Intentions” marks Kelley’s second movie-turned-TV-series reboot this season, as she was cast in a leading role in Fox’s “Urban Cowboy” project, which was also in contention for 2016-17, but was abruptly scrapped.
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” was co-written by the movie’s original writer/director Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. The three will serve as exec producers with Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film, and Kumble will direct the pilot. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.