The CW's highly-anticipated Archie TV series Riverdale has added yet another cast member. Deadline reports that former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry has signed on to co-star as Archie's father, Fred Andrews. Archie and Veronica are still two main characters who have yet to be cast, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Fred Andrews is the owner of a construction company, whose son Archie has been working with him the entire summer before school begins. Fred is described as "usually easy-going," who wants his son to take over the family business one day when he gets older. Luke Perry joins a cast that includes Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack) playing Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) portraying Jughead.
A casting breakdown surfaced in November which revealed new details about the four main characters, who will be quite different from the original comics. Lili Reinhart's Betty Cooper is a high-school sophomore, described as a pretty blonde with "self-esteem issues and an affinity for Adderall." She has had a longtime crush on Archie, but after deciding she's tired of pleasing everyone else in her quest for perfection, she turns to her friend Veronica Lodge for advice. Betty lives with her fragile mother and goth sister. She also has a coveted spot on the cheerleading team, but only under "certain conditions.'
Cole Sprouse's Jughead is described as a lanky "emo-heartthrob," who was former best friends with Archie. Both Archie and Jughead are bitter over the spat that cost them their friendship, but Jughead refuses to patch things up after Archie tried to make amends. Jughead is said to be angry "with a philosophical bent." The final two characters are Archie Andrews and Veronica, who are both high school sophomores as well. Archie is still a redhead like in the comics, and "boyishly handsome." However, a recent casting report reveals he is "pumped and looking good" after spending his summer working construction with his father.
Archie will be dealing with an influx of new interest from several females, while discovering his passion for writing and music, both of which his father and football coach are not too fond of. Archie is also reportedly harboring multiple "dark secrets." Veronica, Betty's best friend, has just come back to Riverdale after spending some time in New York, in the aftermath of a scandal that sent her father to prison. Much like Betty, Veronica wants to reinvent herself, going from the Mean Girl to cherished friend. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics' chief creative officer, is writing the pilot script, with Greg Berlanti executive producing alongside Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. Luke Perry most recently starred in the TV series Detective McLean: Ties That Bind, and he will next be seen on the big screen in Race to Redemption.