We’ve been reporting on a rebooted Heathers from Paramount (in the form of a series on airing on TV Land) since last year, but we’re only now getting our first peek at the production. It came via the show’s official Instagram account and, while it harkens back to the cult classic from 1988, it gives the infamous Top “Heather” a whole new look. It’s a refreshing and powerful flip on pre-established stereotypes regarding beauty and femininity. Have a look-see—and keep that damn chainsaw away from me!
Network Statement: “Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (Wicked National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (Funny or Die) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original Heathers cast member Shannen Doherty will guest star as a pivotal, unnamed character as well.”
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No sign of her yet, but we previously heard reports that original “Heather” Shannen Doherty would be participating in some capacity.
Though information about Doherty’s new character is currently under wraps (TV Land confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she will play a “pivotal, unnamed character”), the role is a big step back into the spotlight for the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star, who has been battling breast cancer since 2015.
Doherty had a penchant for playing bitchy characters throughout her career, but Heather Duke may be the most loathsome of all! We’re definitely excited to see if Doherty is reprising this specific role, or if she’s playing a brand new bitchy Heather. Either way, we’ll be watching!
Check out the original trailer & synopsis for Heather below.
In the original Heathers (Official Synopsis): Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique’s new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).