One of the dozens of classic cinematic thrillers getting the TV series treatment is Heathers (released in 1988). Sure, Heathers wasn’t a horror movie, but for Horror Freaks who came of age in the 1980’s, it was essential viewing. Besides the film has a body count to rival most teen-centric slashers of the era! A few weeks ago, we reported TV Land was in pre-production on a Heathers TV series; now, the cast is taking shape.
The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped newcomers James Scully to play J.D., while Grace Victoria Cox is set to star as Veronica, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The duo will take on roles played by Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in the 1988 feature film of the same name.
TV Land’s take is described as a black comedy that takes place in the present day. It features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) is a black lesbian; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck. Veronica Sawyer will continue to take center stage and serve as the narrator of the potential series. The new Veronica is described as a 17-year-old who is very similar to Ryder’s movie character. The teen take is smart and loyal — and snarky. The new J.D. is 18 and is described as darkly hot and dangerous, similar to Slater’s character.
In the original Heathers: 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).