Pop Culture Fix: Everybody Start Manifesting Now for “Cruel Intentions” TV Show To Radiate Bisexual Energy

“Cruel Intentions” Announces Final Cast, Confirms Series Order on Prime Video

Sarah Michelle Geller and Selma Blair share an iconic kiss in Cruel Intentions

After two years in development and a lot of cast change-ups and a strike-delayed filming schedule, the final cast and full series order has been announced for the Cruel Intentions TV show, based on the iconic ’90s movie in which Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair kissed on the grass and I gasped in my seat at the shopping mall movie theater in Northern Michigan where I saw the film on opening weekend.

First Kill’s Sarah Catherine Hook will star as Caroline Merteuil, “the queen of everything – or at least the queen of Delta Phi,” and Sara Silva plays her right hand, CeCe. I think that Savannah Lee Smith (“Gossip Girl”) will be playing the role of “Annie, a model student, respectable young woman and daughter of the Vice President of the U.S.”

A poster for the show First Kill, the vampire is about to bite one and the other is holding a stake

Sarah Catherine Hook practicing for the Cruel Intentions TV show

Other stars include Khobe Clarke (“Firefly Lane,” “Yellowjackets”), John Harlan Kim (“The Last Thing He Told Me,” “9-1-1”), Brooke Lena Johnson (“You”), and Sean Patrick Thomas (“Till”). Claire Forlani will be playing a recurring role, replacing the previously cast Laura Benanti.

The show was set to begin filming in June in Toronto, but was delayed by the Actors’ Strike, and is now returning to Toronto in late January.

The new show is described to take place “at an elite Washington, D.C. college, where two ruthless step-siblings will do anything to stay on top of the cutthroat social hierarchy.” Furthermore: “After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system at their school, they’ll do whatever is necessary to preserve their power and reputation, even if that means seducing the daughter of the vice president of the United States.”

Sarah Goodman and Rachel Fisher, who signed on to the project in 2021, remain at the helm. Goodman also wrote and executive produced I Know What You Did Last Summer for Prime Video, which was very queer and although I personally enjoyed it, most people did not!

The original Cruel Intentions, inspired by  Les Liaisons dangereuses, has a special place in the heart of the queer community — Demi Lovato said it made her realize she was queer, and many have argued it was queerer than it seemed while others have noted that the film punished people for homosexuality. I personally just happened to adore it, so!

An 2016 attempt at creating a television series based on the film, which did include Sarah Michelle Gellar in its cast, does have an unaired pilot that has made it into the public eye. Twitter was especially excited about a clip in which Sarah Michelle Gellar seduces Carmen (Nathalie Kelley).

Our hope is that the 2023 edition of this project will deliver similar bisexual energy or just queer stuff in general. It has to right??

(Also, SMG perhaps has cruel Queer Intentions Fan Art in her home.)


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+ Marvel’s Most Iconic Queer Couple Just Made History (Changing X-Men Lore Forever)

+ Suranne Jones promises her fans: “My next few characters aren’t lesbians, but I’ll be back with more’”

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+ Saltburn will debut on Prime Video before Christmas

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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1 Comment

  1. I love Suranne Jones having to reassure all the sapphics she’s not retiring from the lesbian roles.

    Prime Video cancelled both ‘The Wilds’ and ‘Paper Girls’ so I’m not holding my breath that this will go different but bring on the hot bisexuals.

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