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The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Melanie Field, Brendan Scannell and Jasmine Mathews to take on the roles of the three Heathers from the 1988 cult hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The original film, written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, centered on Veronica (played by Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) and their trials and tribulations dealing with the social order in high school.
Heather McNamara (originally portrayed by Lisanne Falk) will be played by Mathews; in the TV Land pilot, she is a black lesbian. Heather Duke (originally portrayed by Shannen Doherty) will be played by Scannell; the new version of the character is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath. Heather Chandler (originally portrayed by Kim Walker) will be played by Field; in the new incarnation, she is described as having a body like Martha Dumptruck.
Field’s credits include USA pilot The Tap and Broadway ensemble roles in Evita, as well as playing Madame Morrible in the first National Tour of Wicked. She is repped by Authentic Talent, SBD and Leading Artists.
Scannell is a stand-up comic featured on Funny or Die and Super Deluxe Comedy Central Digital. He is repped by Mosaic.
Heathers is Mathews’ first episodic TV role. She is with Gersh and Red Letter Entertainment.
The three join a cast that includes James Scully, who will play J.D., and Grace Victoria Cox, who will play Veronica.
Written by Jason Micallef (Butter), the single-camera entry hails from Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Insiders say the anthology component will be similar to FX’s Fargo and feature a new group of “Heathers” — no matter the setting. Production on the pilot is expected to begin this fall with Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People) on board to direct.
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