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Cruel Intentions Video: SMG's Kathryn Is 'Manipulative as Ever' in NBC Revival

“Where do you think Kathryn Merteuil is right now? After her public humiliation on the steps of Manchester Prep, where did she go?”

That simple question — with an undoubtedly complicated answer — was the genesis for NBC’s Cruel Intentions revival, executive producer Jordan Ross told TVLine last month during a visit to our Comic-Con interview suite (presented by ZTE).

The pilot picks up nearly two decades after the events of the 1999 film, as Bash Casey — the secret son of Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon, played in the series by Kate Levering) and the late Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) — turns to his estranged aunt Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) for answers about his past.

“She’s incredible,” Ross said of Gellar’s performance. “She just steps back into that role. Kathryn’s [as] manipulative as ever, but she’s maybe a little bit more calculated. She’s learned her lesson from what happened 17 years ago. So every move she makes is a little more subtle until, finally, she makes her move.”

Though NBC is currently exploring multiple options for the series’ release — including a possible streaming-only rollout — Ross told us he’s keeping his fingers crossed for a Summer 2017 premiere. (Come on, the #CruelSummer hashtag practically tweets itself!)

Hit PLAY on our interview above, then drop a comment below: What are your hopes for the Cruel Intentions series?