Fans have been anxiously following Shannen Doherty on Instagram as she shares photos of her brave battle against cancer, but she has some other news to share: namely that she’ll be returning to a familiar role in the upcoming TV reboot of “Heathers”.
In the original 1990 dark comedy, Christian Slater starred as deranged high school student who goes on a mass murder spree along with his somewhat reluctant girlfriend, played by Winona Ryder. Their primary targets: the Heathers, a group of popular mean girls who all happen to be named Heather.
Doherty played one of these Heathers, a role that arguably led her to land her breakthrough as Brenda in “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and although info about the new reboot (being mounted by the TV Land cable channel) is scant, Doherty revealed that she’s going to be a part of it in an Instagram post.
“Sneak peek from the #Heathers set… jealous much?” she writes in the caption, accompanying a pic of her bewigged self as Heather Duke (one of the few Heathers to survive the original film).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new iteration of “Heathers” is said to be a black comedy, set in the present, that “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.”