In supremely good casting news out of Hollywood today, it’s been announced that Aussie actress Miranda Otto has landed herself a role in the upcoming Netflix reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Deadline confirms that Otto, 50, has been cast as Sabrina’s hardass (but still caring, obviously) Aunt Zelda in the reboot, which is based on the comic books and will be a “darker” series than the peppy ’90s original starring Melissa Joan Hart.
The daughter of Aussie acting legend Barry Otto is probably most famous for playing Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and most recently she’s been on telly in recurring roles on Homeland and in 24: Legacy.
The outlet also reports that more bubbly Aunt Hilda (i.e. the “fun aunt”) will be played by Lucy Davis, who you may remember as the apple of Martin Freeman‘s eye in the OG series of The Office (UK).
The Spellman sisters act as guardians to Sabrina, and help her navigate life as a half-witch, half-mortal.
The latest casting news follows on from Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka landing the title role in the series, believed to be called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which Deadline describes as a “dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.”
No word yet on who will be starring as our favourite character, the talking cat / master of shade, Salem.
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