Fan favorite Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk is staying with The CW, taking the female lead in an updated version of the hit 80s CBS crime drama Beauty and the Beast.

The actress, best known for playing Lana Lang for seven seasons on Smallville, will take on the role of Catherine, a tough NYPD detective who has long searched for the supposed "beast" that murdered her mother. She soon discovers that the mythical creature is actually a disfigured war veteran, and the two team up to solve crimes.

Gary Fleder, the man behind The Express and Runaway Jury, is directing the pilot episode. No Beast has been cast yet. Expect an announcement soon.

B. Alan Orange