The actress broke the news in an Instagram post, with a throwback pic of her with the film’s writer and director, Roger Kumble, and executive producer, Neal Moritz.
“This picture was taken on the eve of production on the original #cruelintentions ... and the other is a picture of us now on the eve of production on the new #cruelintentions,” Gellar wrote. “That's right ‘everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way’ #kathrynmerteuil is back!!! I am happy to say that I will be joining them (and @nbctv ) on the new #Crueltv.”
The series will focus on Bash Casey (American Crime star Taylor John Smith), the son of Merteuil’s step-brother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe in the film), and Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon). After learning about his late father’s legacy from his extensive journals, Bash will be introduced to his family’s world of sex, power and corruption, and meet Kathryn, who is vying for control of Valmont International as well as her step-nephew.
Kumble will executive produce and direct the pilot, which was written by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who will also serve as executive producers.