Numbers and Shark alumna Sophina Brown is set to co-star opposite Taylor John Smith and Samantha Logan in NBC’s drama pilot Cruel Intentions, based on the cult 1999 movie, which starred Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar is still in negotiations to reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil from the movie.
Set in present day, Cruel Intentions picks up more than 15 years after the movie left off. It follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Smith), the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. 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.
Brown will play Naomi, the dynamic ex-wife of Kathryn’s husband Pascal and mother to Cassidy (Logan). She’s a force to be reckoned with having recently returned from Capitol Hill with the hopes of being the first black Republican congresswoman in the history of California.
Cruel Intentions comes from the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz as well as Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions. Kumble wrote the pilot script with Rosin and Ross. Kumble will direct. He executive produces with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film; Rosin and Ross co-executive produce. Sony Pictures TV is producing alongside Original Film and AMBI.
Brown is repped by SDB Partners and Emery Entertainment.