PLL creator enthralling fans with a new murder mystery
Until now I. Marlene King‘s new Pretty Little Liars spin-off has been shrouded in mystery. But with cameras rolling this month on the upcoming Freeform series, the network has released a cast list and more to-die-for details on The Perfectionists.
Set in the fictional locale of Beacon Heights, The Pefectionists kicks off with the quaint town’s first ever murder. Sounds familiar, right? Pretty Little Liars fans will also recognize some of the town’s residents.
OG PLL Sasha Pieterse is reprising her role as Alison DeLaurentis. Adult Ali is now a teacher and mother to she and Emily’s twins. So will Emison be reunited on this new spin-off? We’ll get to that. We do know that where Ali goes Mona is not far behind. So it makes sense that fan favorite Janel Parrish has signed on for the series too.
The Perfectionists also features a lineup of hot, young, newcomers. You know some of them, like Disney’s Descendents star, Sofia Carson, and Sydney Park from The Walking Dead. The newbies include Eli Brown, who is a complete mystery, and Hayley Erin, who’s had success on the daytime soap circuit.
Here’s what we know about their characters. Sydney is playing Caitlin, a total perfectionist who wants to follow in one of her two mothers’ senatorial footsteps. There’s no word though on Caitlin’s relation to Dylan, played by Eli, a cellist whose top priorities are his music and his boyfriend, Andrew.
You’ll also meet Ava (Sofia), a hot blogger and coder who strives to be a fashion icon. It looks like she’s got the role down pat, in this Instagram post. But Hayley’s character is a complete mystery. She doesn’t even have a name yet!
We do know a lot about Beacon Heights matriarch, Claire Hotchkiss, played by TV veteran, Kelly Rutherford. While Rutherford has starred on some of the biggest dramas of all time, like Melrose Place and Gossip Girl, The Perfectionists may be her juiciest role yet.
Claire, alongside her hubby, founded Hotchkiss Industries and Beacon Heights University. She “pulls the strings behind the scenes” and sounds like a formidable foe for Alison. Will they butt heads? Does Ali work at BHU? Is she secretly Claire’s twin daughter, like everyone else on PLL??
So many questions! As for whether the other breakout stars of Pretty Little Liars will appear, I. Marlene says, “We’ll just have to wait and see.” But it seems likely. Shay Mitchell (Emily) is starring on another of her series, The Heiress, so she’s still on I. Marlene’s radar. The same can be said for Troian Bellisario (Spencer), who is directing an upcoming episode of Famous In Love, also helmed by I. Marlene. That leaves good ol’ Hefty Hannah, Ashley Benson. I. Marlene recently tweeted asking Ashley what Hannah and Caleb’s kids names would be. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed.