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Kate Levering will play Reese Witherspoon's 'Cruel Intentions' character in NBC reboot

For the pilot of its "Cruel Intentions" reboot, NBC has cast its Annette Hargrove, originally played by Reese Witherspoon in the 1999 movie of the same name.
/ Source: TODAY

And the new Annette Hargrove is ...

For the pilot of its "Cruel Intentions" reboot, NBC confirmed to that it has cast the character originally played by Reese Witherspoon in the 1999 movie of the same name.

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The role has gone to Kate Levering, a Tony-nominated actress perhaps best known for playing lawyer Kim Kaswell on the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva."

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Earning her nod in 2001 for her performance as Peggy Sawyer in a Broadway production of "42nd Street," the 37-year-old actress also had recurring roles on ABC's "Cashmere Mafia" and UPN's "Kevin Hill."

Last Thursday, one of the original film's stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, announced she'd be reprising her "Cruel Intentions" role of Kathryn Merteuil for the TV version. And Gellar revealed the news in style, via a then-and-now Throwback Thursday post on Instagram.

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Taylor John Smith ("American Crime") and Samantha Logan ("The Fosters") also have been cast for the "Cruel Intentions" pilot, set about 15 years after the conclusion of the events portrayed in the movie.

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