Loosely based on an '80s CBS drama, the pilot will star Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) as tough NYPD detective Catherine.
Terra Nova's Jay Ryan will also appear as 'beast' Vincent Koslow, the survivor of a botched military experiment.
White will play Joe, the veteran cop who commands Catherine's homicide unit, according to Deadline.
The actor - who previously starred in The Shield and Men of a Certain Age - can currently be seen in Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods.
Other stars attached to Beauty and the Beast include Max Brown (Spooks), Austin Basis (Life Unexpected), Nicole Gale Anderson (Ringer) and Nina Lisandrello (Nurse Jackie).
Brothers & Sisters producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper have written and will exec produce the pilot.
A rival Beauty and the Beast drama is also in the works at ABC, starring Ruth Bradley and Darius Campbell in the lead roles.
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