We’ve known for some time that Netflix will be producing a new series based on the Archie Comics graphic novel, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Now we finally know who will play Sabrina the Teenage Witch!
Deadline reports that the honor will go to Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame. In addition to her prominent role as Sally Draper, Shipka is more recently known for her performance as B.D. Merrill in Ryan Murphy’s Feud.
Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who also produces the popular Riverdale series, which takes place within the same Archie universe as Sabrina), had the following to say about today’s announcement:
“We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her name was on everyone’s wish list. This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.”
Archie Comics’ CEO Jon Goldwater also expressed his excitement over Shipka’s participation in the project:
“I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage and boldness that has made the character a fan favorite.”
In addition to today’s press release, Archie Comics’ official Twitter page broke the news of Shipka’s casting directly to their fans:
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) January 5, 2018
Now that the heroine has been cast and the gears are in motion, we should begin to hear more and more about this exciting and dark new series. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series as soon as they break!