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Adorable gay actor to play mean teen in the Heathers TV remake

Adorable gay actor to play mean teen in the Heathers TV remake

Brendan Scnannell will portray genderqueer Heather Duke

A young, gay actor will be taking on of the key roles in the upcoming TV adaption of cult black comedy Heathers.

Brendan Scanell, who also does stand-up comedy, has been cast to play one of the three Heathers in TV Land’s reboot, alongside Melanie Field and Jasmine Mathews.

If you’re now thinking that something’s amiss here, as all three Heathers are young women: the remake has received a bit of an update, bringing some diversity into the trio of pretty, wealthy, white girls.

Quiet, bulimic Heather Duke, who was originally portrayed by Shannen Doherty, is now a male character. Born as Heath, they identify as genderqueer.

He is joined by Mathews as Heather McNamara, who in the TV Land pilot will be a black lesbian.

Completing the trio is Field’s Heather Chandler, the leader of the pack who in her new incarnation is described as ‘having a body like [overweight] Martha Dumptruck’.

Originally written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, Heathers tells the story of Veronica (originally played by Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. as they try to negotiate the social order of their high school.

The three Heathers join a cast also featuring James Scully as J.D. and Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica.

The remake is written by Jasen Micallef and is reported to be produced in an anthology stile similar to FX’s Fargo.

The pilot is expected to begin production this fall, with Leslye Headland set to direct the first episode.