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CW orders pilot for Riverdale and announces early casting

February 11th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Perennial American comic favourite Archie has officially been taken up by CW for a one-hour pilot.

Once in development for FOX, Riverdale will be an updated, apparently subversive take on the comic whose roots go back to 1941. The comics follow ‘regular’ teenager Archie Andrews and friends as they tackle everyday high school life, especially highlighting the love triangle between Archie, girl next door Betty and spoilt society girl Veronica. CW’s take will apparently investigate American small-town life and the strange darkness that seemingly lurks behind Riverdale’s Sunnydale-esque façade.

In addition to the announcement of CW picking up the pilot, two castings have been announced. Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”) is set to play love interest Betty Cooper, with Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) playing an emo take on slacker and Archie’s former best friend “Jughead” Jones. Further casting will likely be announced soon as filming is scheduled to begin this Spring.

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...