Jennifer Love Hewitt to Replace Mariska Hargitay on SVU?

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Is Jennifer Love Hewitt headed to Law & Order: SVU?

Sources tell Deadline that the 32-year-old actress is in talks to play the show's female lead in its upcoming 13th season.

Mariska Hargitay, 47, is signed on for the upcoming season, although Christopher Meloni, 50, has yet to strike a deal with NBC.

According to the site, Hargitay's character, Detective Olivia Benson, will continue to solve sex crimes for the first 13 episodes. Then her character will be promoted to a higher position and a new detective, presumably played by Hewitt, would take her place. Hewitt was a guest star on the show in fall 2010.

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