Much like Riverdale recast the Archie-verse in the minds of the public as a dark place full of mysteries, murder, and various other intrigues (We recently binged the whole series and characterized it as “the story of a small town where everyone is an evil criminal mastermind except for one painfully dimwitted teenage boy with the body of a 25-year-old porn star”), this is not your mama’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
We couldn’t have been more excited when our imaginary celebrity niece Kiernan Shipka was cast as the lead, partially because her time on Mad Men gave her a knack for modeling sixties fashion (the Sabrina series is a period piece), but mainly because her time as Sally Draper taught her how to plumb the darker depths of a teenage girl’s psyche. Plus we just love ourselves a good witch story, like any two drama queens would.
Anyway, there’s little to go on with these two shots, except that Miss Kiernan looks as fab as we’d imagined she would. We can’t wait to see this when it drops on October 26th, just in time for a Halloween weekend binge.
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Today Netflix released the first two official photos from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina starring Kiernan Shipka. [From L to R: Kiernan Shipka as “Sabrina Spellman”; A scene from the dark Baptism of Sabrina with Richard Coyle as “Father Blackwood,” Kiernan Shipka as “Sabrina Spellman,” Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Mirando Otto as “Zelda Spellman” and Abigail Cowan, Adeline Rudolph and Tati Gabrielle as “The Weird Sisters” ]
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as chief creative officer of Archie Comics, penned the script for the series. Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces alongside Riverdale collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions.
Cast includes: Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, Lachlan Watson, Bronson Pinchot and Gavin Leatherwood
[Photo Credit: Netflix]