The Heathers remake has a major queer update
A TV remake of iconic film Heathers is making two of the characters LGBT.
The 1988 film starred a murderous group of friends all called Heather, launching the careers of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
The film, which has a cult following, is being remade as an upcoming TV series – and will feature a very queer update.
A trailer was released during yesterday’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) ahead of the show’s premiere next year on the Paramount Network.
The new show will stick to a similar storyline and tone to the original film, but will get an update to reflect 2017.
As part of the update, the character of Heather Duke – played by Shannen Doherty in the film – has been re-written as a genderqueer character who goes by the name Heath.
Brendan Scannell will play the role.
Sharing the trailer, Scannell quipped: “Hopefully trump will be gone by the time this drops and we can all relax and watch some teens drag each other!!!!”
Meanwhile the character of Heather McNamara – originally portrayed by Lisanne Falk – will be a black lesbian on the new remake, played by Jasmine Mathews.
The major update has gone down well with fans.
One wrote: “A heather of color, a plus sized heather, and a genderqueer heather. Sign me tf up.”
Another added: “Completely on board for this. Normally I’m not one for TV remakes of movies but I love pretty much everyone involved & that gives me hope.”
However, not everyone is on board – and Twitter predictably lit up with complaints from people upset that there’s more black and queer representation in 2017 than the ‘good old days’ of the 1980s.
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riginal star Shannen Doherty guest stars in the pilot, while Selma Blair has a recurring role in the series.
In 2012, another spin-off of the movie set around the daughters of the characters was planned but never actually made it to air.
Heathers has long been held as a classic among members of the LGBT community, with a memorable season-long tribute on Season Three of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The film has also been adapted into a musical.