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Ask Stacy for July 28-29, 2018

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DEAR STACY: Is Sarah Michelle Gellar involved in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot? What is she doing these days? -- MonMon

DEAR MonMon: It's too soon to know whether there might be a cameo or even a bigger part for the actress who starred as the title character for seven seasons of the show that wrapped its run in 2003. However, the planned reboot will have a new lead character, who is black. It's being written now and there is no casting yet. Gellar, who just passed the 2 million followers milestone on Instagram, was among the celebs who went to the U.S.-Mexico border July 13 to rally against the inhumane policy of separating children from parents trying to cross the border. She and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. have a son (5) and a daughter (8), so being a mom is foremost on her list of things to do. Gellar made a pilot for a television series version of "Cruel Intentions" in 2016 that did not get picked up. Prior to that, you may recall, she starred as the late Robin Williams' daughter in "The Crazy Ones," which was canceled after 22 episodes due to falling ratings and the onset of Williams' sad health decline.

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DEAR STACY: The announcements about season three of "The Crown" don't mention who will play Lady Diana Spencer. Any word? -- R.R.

DEAR R.R.: The word is that Diana, the character, won't appear until towards the end of season three -- and might not even be introduced until season four. So there is no official word on casting as yet. A report in the U.K. has it that Sophie Turner of "Game of Thrones" will play Diana, but I can't vouch for its reliability. Netflix will unveil season three next year.

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DEAR STACY: When is the remake of "The Bad Seed" going to come out? The first one still gives me nightmares. -- A.B.

DEAR A.B.: You are referring to the remake that was directed by and stars Rob Lowe. It's due on Lifetime Sept. 9. McKenna Grace of "Amityville: The Awakening" is the title horror child. Keep an eye out for the original "Bad Seed" actress, Patty McCormack, as the psychiatrist.

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DEAR STACY: Whatever became of the actor who originally played Darth Vader/Anakin in "Return of the Jedi"? Was he upset when he was taken out and replaced after "Revenge of the Sith" came out? -- J.S.

DEAR J.S.: Esteemed Shakespearean actor Sebastian Shaw, who appeared as the unmasked Darth Vader and as Anakin's ghost in "Return of the Jedi," died 10 years before the 2004 rerelease in which is ghostly visage was replaced by the image of Hayden Christensen.

Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate Inc.

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