Cruel Intentions Cast Annette Kate Levering

Cruel Intentions: NBC Pilot Casts Diva Actress in Reese Witherspoon Role

Cruel Intentions has found quite the Diva (alum) to fill Reese Witherspoon’s shoes: Drop Dead Diva‘s Kate Levering has been tapped to play Annette Hargrove in NBC’s pilot based on the 1999 movie, our sister site Deadline reports.

Picking up over 15 years after the end of the movie, the potential series follows the cunning Kathryn Merteuil — played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, reprising her film role — as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (American Crime‘s Taylor John Smith), the son of the late Sebastian Valmont and Annette. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

Per the pilot’s official synopsis, Annette’s reappearance in Kathryn’s life throws the socialite for a pretty huge loop, though the master manipulator doesn’t let on.

Levering played Kim Kaswell for six seasons on Diva. Her TV credits also include Cashmere MafiaKevin HillNCIS: Los Angeles and White Collar.

What do you think of NBC’s Witherspoon replacement? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. C says:

    I like this casting. Levering was good on “Drop Dead Diva” and I feel like she could give Annette some real back bone. I look forward to her squaring off against Kathryn.

  2. Lola says:

    I’m not familiar with this actress but she’s Reese like in appearance.

  3. N says:

    I hate to say it because I loved the original movie, but this just has the making of low rated/ cancelled quickly show. Its 17 years too late.

  4. Steven says:

    She was great in DDD. I’m interested to see how Annette has changed. Too bad they couldn’t convince Reese to recur.

  5. Summer says:

    You know, I love Kate Levering, but I was kind of hoping for Alicia Silverstone/Christine Taylor/Maggie Lawson/Joanna Garcia.

    Still, interesting casting.

  6. Belle says:

    Wow, this is actually an awesome recast! I think if we can’t have Reese, Kate will do the character justice for sure.

  7. J says:

    I LOVE Cruel Intentions and SMG so I’m all about this reboot but I would honestly rather see what Buffy’s been up to since we last saw her.