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Kiernan Shipka to Cast a Spell as Sabrina in Netflix’s Riverdale Spin-Off

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Someone wicked this way comes. Kiernan Shipka, best known for her role as Sally Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, has been cast as Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s TV adaptation of Archie Comics’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Untitled Sabrina Project 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.

Shipka’s Sabrina is described as “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.”

Riverdale showrunner and Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will serve as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger – who will also direct the project.

“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 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.”

Executive producer and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater added: “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.”

Shipka most recently appeared opposite Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange in the hit event series Feud: Bette and Joan, in which she played B.D., the strong-willed teenage daughter of Bette Davis (Sarandon).

The upcoming drama series has a two season, one-hour twenty-episode commitment from Netflix. What do you think of this casting? Who do you want to see play Harvey Kinkle? Let us know in the comments!

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