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February 23, 2016 at 05:34 PM EST

NBC’s Cruel Intentions has cast its first mean teen. Actor Taylor John Smith (American Crime) has nabbed the lead role in the small-screen sequel set 15 years after the events of the 1999 film, EW has confirmed.

Smith’s character, Bash Casey, is the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Ryan Phillippe in the film) and Annette Hargrove (played by Reese Witherspoon in the film). After discovering Sebastian’s hidden journal, Bash embarks on his own path into the world of sex, money, power, and corruption.

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The series will also follow Kathryn Merteuil (Sebastian’s stepsister, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the film) as she attempts to take over Valmont International and Bash. 

The pilot will be directed and exec-produced by Roger Kumble, the original writer and director of Cruel Intentions, and written by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who also serve as exec producers with Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. 

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