Seduce and Scheme

Fans want ‘Cruel Intentions’ reboot to be ruthless and queer

TV is about to get a lot crueler.

The 1999 romance thriller Cruel Intentions is moving full steam ahead with a TV adaptation. A reboot of the cult classic is heading to streaming as an upcoming series on Prime Video.

The series is set at an elite Washington, D.C. college and will focus on two step-siblings who strive to stay atop of the social hierarchy by any means necessary. When a hazing incident threatens the college’s Panhellenic system, the duo will do whatever it takes to maintain their influence, power, and reputation, including seducing the vice president of the United States’ daughter.

Consider us intrigued. 

The undertone of lies and seduction from the upcoming series doesn’t fall far from its predecessor. The film was set in a prestigious New York City high school and starred Reese Witherspoon as Annette, a student who’s at the center of a diabolical, sexual conquest waged between step-siblings Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe). 

Interestingly, this the first time someone dusted off the Cruel Intentions story for reboot. In 2016, O.G. Cruel Intentions star Gellar was set to join a TV adaption from NBC, but unfortunately didn’t see the light of day. 

However, Prime Video’s version of Cruel Intentions is well on its way to TV screens. The upcoming series will featured Sarah Catherine Hook (First Kill), Zac Burgess (Totally Completely Fine), and Savannah Lee Smith (Gossip Girl) in lead roles, with the rest of the main cast filled out by Sara Silva (American Horror Stories), Khobe Clarke (Yellowjackets), John Harlan Kim (The Last Thing He Told Me), Brooke Lena Johnson (You), and Sean Patrick Thomas (Till).

While we don’t have a release date, many fans of Smith (a standout as diabolical, queer mean girl Monét in Max’s Gossip Girl reboot) and Hook (lead in sapphic supernatural teen Netflix drama First Kill), can’t wait to see their return to TV and hopefully, more sapphic representation.

Now, the question we all have to ask: how gay will this TV reboot be? Let’s just hope their intentions aren’t cruel and we’ll get the queer storylines we deserve when the series streams on Prime Video.

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