After a long search, we finally have learned who will play Sabrina Spellman in the upcoming Sabrina: The Teenage Witch reboot based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic. According to Deadline Mad Men star, Keirnan Shipka has been cast to play the half-witch half-mortal in the upcoming reboot. Originally slated to premiere on The CW; Netflix picked up the project for a direct 2-season order. However, the show will indeed is a spin-off of The CW’s teen drama Riverdale. Which has made several references to Sabrina’s hometown of Greendale.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch is reimagined as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
The series was originally titled The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina but has since been untitled when Netflix took over the show. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Aguirre-Sacasa, who penned the Riverdale pilot, and Lee Toland Krieger, who directed it will return for Sabrina.
“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.”
We at Omega Underground followed many of the audition tapes that leaked online for Sabrina. We have also revealed tapes for her love interest Harvey Kinkle and her Aunt Hilda. However, those roles have yet to be filled. The series will also delve deeper into Sabrina’s deceased parents.
However, not confirmed; it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Sabrina appears on Riverdale before filming her pilot later this spring. Much like how Barry Allen was introduced on Arrow before premiering on his own show The Flash. Again, this is just speculation on how to intoduce the character.
Sabrina will stream exclusively on Netflix