The world of Archie Comics is ready to cast a spell on Netflix as the upcoming untitled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has found their protagonist. Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka has been cast to play the latest version of Sabrina Spellman on the small screen, Archie Comics announced.
An empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, Sabrina is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Intelligent, compassionate and brave to the point of recklessness, Sabrina is all that stands between us and the forces of darkness that threaten our world.
“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.” said executive producer and Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “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.”
Previously the series was being developed for The CW, to air alongside the other Archie Comics series Riverdale, but recently news broke that development was shifting to Netflix where the series has already been picked up for two seasons of ten episodes each. This change came about after Riverdale gained a surge of new viewers once its first season began to air on the streaming platform last summer.
Melissa Joan Hart played a version of Sabrina on the 1998-2003 ABC series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which was a more comedic and light series compared to the upcoming darker drama. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic series from Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack is a dark re-imagining of Sabrina that has more ties to horror and the occult.
The series is expected to debut sometime later this year.