Kristin Kreuk Cast in CW's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Kristin Kreuk Cast in CW's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Having left Smallville behind her years ago, Kristin Kreuk has been cast in the CW pilot of Beauty and the Beast, which is essentially a reboot of the 1980s television series that starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman in the title roles.

In its report, Deadline describes the new version as follows: "It centers on Catherine (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD Homicide Detective haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder 9 years ago and the killers’ quick demise at the hands of a Beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally finds the Beast, Vincent Koslow, the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong, and becomes the protector of his secret life as a bestial superhero."

Vincent's last name is a tribute to B&B creator Ron Koslow, who serves as an executive producer on this version though it's unclear how involved he'll be in the potential series itself.

Okay, a bit of Beauty and the Beast editorializing here: While this version could work in its own right, it's bewildering that they've decided that this is a remake of the '80s show. Whereas in that show Vincent was a kind of lion-man, who lived in an underground tunnel world that grew to have fantastical elements (not surprising given that Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin was one of the show's guiding forces), and his past is never truly revealed, the new version seems to have very little in common with it. We know what happened to Vincent (military experiment gone wrong), there is no underground society and the question of whether or not Catherine and he can be together is a lot more moot than it was on that show where they were beings that obviously represented two different species. It would seem that in this new version, she primarily has to decide whether or not she can deal with all of that hair (the outgrowth of which is a result of the experiment).

The apparent downside of terming this a remake of the '80s show is that it now rules out the possibility of there being a new version that could hew closer to that show's settings. Instead of plunging the viewer into a mix of real world and fantasy, this version (which is described as being romantic "with a procedural twist") sounds like it will be decidedly grounded in reality (outside of Vincent's freakish strength).
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StrangerX - 2/16/2012, 8:32 AM
Better Bell than Chun Li.
StrangerX - 2/16/2012, 8:33 AM
Oh wait!! She aint playing Bell
grifter - 2/16/2012, 8:37 AM
Haha right back to the same channel that made her.
JackBauer - 2/16/2012, 8:46 AM
She's purty.
SageMode - 2/16/2012, 8:58 AM
I want her to have my love kids. :-)
PsyGuy - 2/16/2012, 9:09 AM
PERFECT! She has a ton of charisma and beauty.
HelaGood - 2/16/2012, 9:09 AM
you lost me at CW...
GUNSMITH - 2/16/2012, 9:14 AM
PsyGuy - 2/16/2012, 9:29 AM
@wards She's a fantastic actress! When she isn't given a crappy script.
TheBurnSays - 2/16/2012, 9:38 AM
A little too young for a Homicide Detective if you ask me...but then again, you didn't.
thewolfx - 2/16/2012, 9:45 AM
mmmmm kristen mmmmmm
joeker - 2/16/2012, 9:58 AM
she sucks and she isnt even pretty but never mind
2gold - 2/16/2012, 10:03 AM
Good, Beauty and the Beast: The Rebeasting will have someone the fanbase wants dead but the writers keep shoving down their throats until they choke on them. She knows that role better than almost anyone.
marvel72 - 2/16/2012, 10:18 AM
cw = shit shows.
HelaGood - 2/16/2012, 10:28 AM
i confirm marvel72's comment!
CherryBomb - 2/16/2012, 10:31 AM
Kristin's beautiful, I like her acting so I think she'll be good in this role!
definitely a different one from Lana.

Can't wait to see.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/16/2012, 10:39 AM
Rather see a version based on 1600-1700 period.
I hope the upcoming french version starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux and directed by Christophe Gans is based on that period.

KNIGHT3000 - 2/16/2012, 10:41 AM
Now that's a Beauty, way better than Emma Watson.
KNIGHT3000 - 2/16/2012, 10:43 AM
Tom Welling for Beast, HahahahaHaha! Seriously!
MrPagBrewster - 2/16/2012, 10:45 AM
better than that twirked nose erica durance.
Talontd - 2/16/2012, 11:10 AM
I love Kristin Kreuk...and her PORN doppelganger Danni Cole! :D

KNIGHT3000 - 2/16/2012, 11:30 AM
Danni Cole huh? time for some extensive research......HOLY SH!T!!
BIGBMH - 2/16/2012, 11:38 AM
Television series starring Kristin Kreuk? Oh happy day! I might have to check it out just to see her.
TheSoulEater - 2/16/2012, 11:59 AM
More of the woman I promised I would marry....


Optimus83 - 2/16/2012, 1:38 PM
Who be the Beast!!!
kamikazeturtle - 2/16/2012, 1:57 PM
Her character was batshit crazy and incredibly annoying on Smallville so it's hard for me to remember that she seems like a nice person and decent actress. But I don't know about her playing a "tough cop". I'd think Smallville's Lois fits that better -_-.
hoodedjester - 2/16/2012, 2:42 PM
wow, the synopsis for this show sounds awesome. Cant wait ..... to watch another CW show fail!!
Pontius888 - 2/16/2012, 2:44 PM
@Talontd...Porn Lana Lang!!!
thewolfx - 2/16/2012, 3:53 PM
i wish i could have kristen and danni at once mmmmm
mgeoff88 - 2/16/2012, 4:11 PM
She certainly fits the character title. And she is a good actress.

I liked her on Smallville before the writers completely ruined Lana Lang. Even the way they wrote her out of the show was half-assed.

Kristen Kreuk deserved much better than that. Well, I'm glad she's going to be back on TV.
AutobotCommander84 - 2/16/2012, 5:44 PM
@mgeoff88 That wasn't Lana Lang though, Chloe Sullivan was Lana Lang, just with a different name. The Lana in the show is a COMPLETELY different character with the name. So in truth, she is merely LINO (Lana In Name Only).
marvelguy - 2/16/2012, 6:17 PM
I guess the show is budgeted since they couldn't hire an actress! Yes, and I am a "Smallville" fan. She's so weak.
Jimdlux - 2/16/2012, 6:28 PM
Perfect choice for Beast!!
Phlegmbot - 2/16/2012, 9:22 PM
@Jimdlux & @Marvelguy: couldn't agree more. She's not pretty and can't act.
AUSSYACE - 2/17/2012, 2:52 AM
Never seen this show ever before...
KNIGHT3000 - 2/21/2012, 10:51 AM
My wife hates Kristen Kreuk, but loves BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I think its so funny.

I'm sure she likes this choice better than Emma Watson though.

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