Early last month, Lifetime announced that they were prepping a sequel to their telefilm adaptation of the V.C. Andrews novel 'Flowers in the Attic.' What made that move extra notable was the fact that 'Flowers' hadn't even premiered yet.
Thankfully, Lifetime's more faithful adaptation of the controversial novel ('Flowers' was famously adapted into a theatrical film starring Kristy Swanson back in 1987, one that downplayed the more disturbing aspects of the story) proved to be a smash ratings success for the network, drawing in over six million total viewers.
As you might imagine, this has sent production on 'Flowers' sequel 'Petals on the Wind' into overdrive, with The Hollywood Reporter today revealing who will take over for 'Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka in the leading role of Cathy Dollanganger.
25-year-old New Zealand-born actress Rose McIver (Tinker Bell on ABC's 'Once Upon A Time') is now set to assume the demanding role in Lifetime's 'Petals' adaptation, which takes place roughly 10 years after the events of 'Flowers.'
This is a marked departure from Andrews' second book, which picks up directly after the end of its predecessor. So, it's already clear that Lifetime isn't as concerned about staying true to the novel this time out.
Due to the time jump, Cathy's siblings Christoper and Carrie will also be recast. However, Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn will indeed be returning as the Dollanganger's neglectful mother and cruel grandmother, respectively.
'Petals on the Wind' will begin filming soon. A premiere date has yet to be announced.