Kiernan Shipka, who played junior badass Sally Draper on Mad Men, has been tapped to star as the title character in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which is set to be a dark companion series to its pulpy and ridiculously fun teen drama Riverdale.
The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, a graphic novel published by Archie Comics, is a hell of a lot different from the perky 90s comedy Sabrina The Teenage Witch, inspired instead by the tone of classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.
Per the official plot description, the show is set to be a “dark coming-of-age story [that] deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.”
Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina Spellman:
“… an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, who 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.”
Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the casting:
“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.”
The as-yet-untitled one-hour drama series has an initial order of 20 episodes. Our bodies are beyond ready.
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