By Tim Kenneally
“Smallville” star Kristin Kreuk is returning to the CW — and once again, she’ll be hanging around with a superhero.
Kreuk — who played Lana Lang on the CW’s take on the Superman myth — has landed the female lead in the network’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” pilot.
Kreuk will play Catherine, an NYPD homicide detective who witnessed her mother’s murder nine years earlier, and eventually tracks down the Beast who avenged her mother’s death by killing her murderers. Catherine then helps the Beast protect his superhero identity.
Loosely based on the CBS series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, the CW’s “Beast” pilot is written and executive produced by Jennifer Levin (“Without a Trace,” “Felicity”) and Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”), with Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber also executive-producing. CBS Television Studios is producing.
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