“The O.C.” alum joins Sarah Michelle Gellar as a series regular in the pilot. In one of the biggest casting announcements this pilot season, Gellar is reprising her role as Kathryn Merteuil in the TV adaptation of the ’90s film.
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” kicks off 15 years after the film ended, centering around Gellar’s all-grown-up Kathryn, as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (newcomer Taylor John Smith), the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the original 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.
Gallagher will play Edward Valmont, the father of the late Sebastian (Phillippe), who is described as a sexy, beguiling, sophisticated, powerful and ruthless billionaire hotel magnate with fingers in many far-reaching financial pies — some legal, some not so much. Edward is delighted to discover that he’s got a long-lost grandson in the newly arrived Bash Casey, and once the DNA test proves his claim, Edward immediately starts grooming Bash for a life of impossible wealth and opportunity.
Aside from Gellar and Smith, also starring in the pilot is Kate Levering in the role of Annette, originally played by Witherspoon in the movie; “UnReal” alum Nathalie Kelley; Samantha Logan; Sophina Brown; Coby Bell; and Bryce Cass.
Roger Kumble, the original writer and director of “Cruel Intentions,” will direct the pilot. He co-wrote the pilot with scribes Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who were behind L.A.’s “Cruel Intentions” musical last year, which drew Gellar, Witherspoon and Selma Blair to attend a show this past summer. Kumble, Rosin and Ross will all exec produce the potential series from Sony Pictures Television, along with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film.
In a funny turn of events, Rosin and Ross were also behind the musical adaptation of “The O.C.,” though Gallagher had no involvement in that show.
Other than his role as Sandy Cohen in the iconic teen series, Gallagher’s credits include “Covert Affairs,” “Togetherness,” “American Beauty” and a current stint on “Law & Order: SVU.” He is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.