Without the 1988 film Heathers, there would be no Jawbreaker, and there would be no (gasp!) Mean Girls. And for the cult film’s biggest fans—and, god forbid, those who aren’t familiar with the black comedy about a clique of waspy high school girls who keep ending up dead—we’re about to see a brand-new iteration on TV Land. Better yet, Shannen Doherty, who portrayed Heather Duke in the original queer-favorite film, has joined the cast as a “pivotal, unnamed character.”
The 45-year-old actress announced her role in the reboot today on her Instagram.
The cabler’s Heathers is an anthology 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 played by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke (Doherty) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath (played by Brendan Scannell); and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field. Newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox star as J.D. and Veronica, respectively.
Doherty has most recently been in the spotlight due to her struggle with breast cancer, about which she has been very open. In a sit-down with Entertainment Tonight in August, she said, “I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes. So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I’ll do radiation.”
Production on the series is currently underway in Los Angeles.