In case you haven’t heard the CW has in works a pilot based on the characters from Archie Comics. The pilot “Riverdale”, Exec produced by Greg Berlanti and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is said to be…
“‘a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade..”
With that being said you can probably guess that this won’t be the same “Apple Pie” Archie that we remember. Not only are the characters getting updates on their backstories but there will be a lot more diversity. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves let’s meet the cast.
Archie Andrews, played by KJ Apa.
Archie Andrews is an intense, conflicted teen, a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working construction and is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music — against the wishes of his father and his football coach.
Jughead played by Cole Sprouse
Jughead Jones is a heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews. He is still smarting from the rift that took place between the two.
Betty Cooper played by Lili Reinhart
Betty Cooper is sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie. Tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice — much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.
Veronica Lodge played by Camilia Mendes
Veronica is intelligent and confident with a silver-tongued high. She returns to Riverdale from New York, eager to reinvent herself after a scandal involving her father.
Josie played by Ashleigh Murray
Josie is a gorgeous, snooty and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for popular band Josie and the Pussycats. She has zero interest in recording any songs written by fellow teen Archie.
The cast also consist of Madelaine Petsch as villainess ginger bombshell Cheryl Blossom, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge,Veronica’s high-class mother and Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Archie’s father.
It is so awesome that the team behind “Riverdale” decided to diversify the characters by casting Black and Latina actresses to play Josie and Veronica and half Samoan, KJ Apa. It was leaked that Josie isnt the only Pussycat to be reimaged Mel is also supposed to be a black actress making the Pussycats a black girl band. Hey #BlackGirlMagic. I’m personally all for this adaptation and hope that the show gets a series order.
What do you think about the CW’s “Riverdale”?
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