You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ Pilot Casts Young Lead

NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John SmithVariety has learned.

Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of 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 in the original). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash (Smith) is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined. The project also revolves around Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the movie), as she vies for control of Valmont International, as well as the soul of Bash.

Gellar has been courted to reprise her role since the pilot pickup, and is seriously engaging in conversations, though a deal has not yet closed. Insiders tell Variety that the “Buffy” alum is privy to the script and would return to “Cruel” in a series regular role, should she decide to sign on.

Though Witherspoon’s character is still alive in the “Cruel Intentions” saga, she has not and will not be approached to return to the potential series. The role of Annette is currently being cast for the pilot.

Roger Kumble, the original writer and director of “Cruel Intentions,” will exec produce and direct the pilot, which was penned by scribes Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. The writing duo will also serve as exec producers, along with Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.

A relative newcomer, Smith has had a slew of smaller roles in the past year with guest gigs on many TV shows including a current arc on ABC’s “American Crime,” plus “Chicago P.D.,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Hart of Dixie.” He recently signed with CAA.

More TV

  • RuPaul

    RuPaul Reveals the Queens Competing in 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 3

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • Donald Trump

    SAG-AFTRA Supports 'Unencumbered Press' After Trump's License Revocation Threat

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • Brent Briscoe Dead: 'Twin Peaks' and

    Brent Briscoe, 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' Actor, Dies at 56

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • 'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at

    'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at CBS From Peter Lenkov With Production Commitment

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • YouTube logo

    TV News Roundup: YouTube Greenlights Tinder-Themed Comedy 'Swipe Right'

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • THE GIFTED: L-R: Natalie Alyn Lind,

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Gifted' Scores for Fox, 'Good Doctor' Stands Strong on ABC

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

  • The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid

    Microsoft Picks Up Six-Second Ads in AMC's 'Walking Dead'

    NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith, Variety has learned. Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content