Back in July, we reported that producer Greg Berlanti is shifting his new TV series Riverdale, based on the beloved Archie comics, from Fox to The CW Network, where he produces Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Very little is known about the show, but the report from this summer revealed it will be a subversive take on the original comic characters and their hometown of Riverdale. Today, TV Line has the first casting breakdowns for the four main characters, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead, who will be portrayed much differently than previous incarnations.
Archie Andrews is a high school sophomore, who is still a redhead like in the comics, and "boyishly handsome." However, this 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."
Betty Cooper is also a 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.'
Betty's friend Veronica 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. The show's producers are eyeing Latina actresses to play this character, described as a "silver-tongued stunner," who is also highly intelligent, confident and popular.
The final character, 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," and the producers are seeking a hearing-impaired actor to portray him. No details have been given for any supporting characters as of yet, and it isn't known if the beloved Josie and the Pussycats will be appearing in this series.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics' chief creative officer, is writing the pilot script, with Greg Berlanti executive producing alongside Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has also written the screenplays for the Carrie and The Town That Dreaded Sundown remakes, and he also served as a staff writer on Glee. What do you think about these new versions of classic Archie characters that will populate Riverdale?