Heathers Cast Brendan Scannell TV Land

Heathers Reboot Casts Mean Girl Trio (With a Gender-Bending Twist)

Well [expletive] us gently with a chainsaw: One of the Heathers in TV Land’s reboot pilot is being played by a dude.

TVLine has become privy to new casting for the cable network’s recently ordered pilot based on the 1988 cult-classic film, and comedian Brendan Scannell (below, center photo) will take on the role of Heather (née Heath) Duke, who in the movie was played by Shannen Doherty, and here identifies as gender-queer.

Broadway actress Melanie Field (below, right) will play clique leader Heather Chandler, and newcomer Jasmine Matthews (below, left) will play, um, the other one, Heather McNamara. See photos of all three below:

Heathers Cast Brendan Scannell TVLand

Earlier in October, the pilot cast Grace Cox (Under the Dome) as protagonist Veronica, while newcomer James Scully took on the role of JD. (If you had a brain tumor for breakfast and don’t remember, the parts were played by Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, respectively, in the movie.)

The cabler has said it will “reimagine” Heathers as a “pitch black” present-day anthology series, with each season focusing on a different heroine and a new (yet equally vicious) set of mean girls.

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18 Comments
  1. DV says:

    I hope his character isnt gay because this character is obviously a mean girl and it’s tiring to see the ‘bitchy queen’ when the story calls for a gay character.

  2. Haz says:

    God help us! This is going to be horrible. For one there was a lot of elements with the original film that won’t work today the only thing it will have in common is the name-sake. The red hair tie, the football players “love affair”, the plot to blow up the school, to how Martha Dumptruck was treated will not work in this overtly PC society. This is just going to be awful.

    • Nat says:

      And how will none of that work?

      • TJ says:

        Girls don’t wear scrunchies anymore. Kids in metropolitan communities don’t really look as being gay as a big deal as much as they did back in 89 or 90. The plot to blow up the school and kill popular kids has become a reality when back when the movie was released it was a fantasy but no one acted on it. Columbine was in the late 90s. As for Martha Dumptruck, people will tell someone to stop smoking but they will not tell an over weight person to not eat a cookie, therefore if the show makes fun of her people are going to have a problem with it.

  3. Helen says:

    I like this idea.

  4. Tim says:

    Kim Walker was the best Heather ever!

  5. Jason says:

    “I love my dead, gay son!” To this day, I can’t stop laughing when I think of that line. That and “I don’t patronize bunny rabbits!” Just about every snarky teen comedy on tv since that movie, already owes a little homage to Heathers.

  6. SJ says:

    Kill it! Kill it with fire!

  7. LK says:

    Melanie Field doesn’t have the right look to play Heather Chandler… this casting is all wrong…

  8. claire says:

    This will flop

  9. Vanessa says:

    This was already a bad idea but the casting is awful and making one of the Heathers a guy is stupid and kills the entire theme.

    • They are not a female clique anymore, neither highschool royalty nor clones trying to overcome each other… why are they calling it “Heathers”, again? Sounds like they just want to rip-off Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens with the Channels as the main characters.

  10. Great Doherty! You can call this… thing… “Heathers” all you want, but if you remove the very basic premise of an outcast rebelling against suburban comformity – first trying to fit in and then setting out to destroy the highschool ruling clique that embodies it, you might as well bring the Scream Queens core cast along for the ride!

    That said, can we PLEASE give the drama queen gay stereotype a rest? Please? Not everyone out there is a Jack (not that there is anything wrong with that), you can throw in a Will every one in a while without the universe imploding, we promise!

  11. Veronica Sawyer says:

    They already turned Heathers into a musical! Granted, the musical was fantastic and hilarious, but they didn’t veer away from the original, just adapted it for stage and added a few musical numbers. This sounds like will be a useless ripoff of a Ryan Murphy show. Stop with the remakes already! And if you’re going to remake it, just turn the musical into a movie.