Greg Berlanti‘s many comic book-based series have their faults, but casting hasn’t really been one of them. Can you picture a better, more intense Green Arrow than Stephen Amell, or a more dashing Flash than Grant Gustin, or a stronger – figuratively speaking – Supergirl than Melissa Benoist. Certainly, Berlanti’s proved himself casting superheroes, but the gang from Riverdale may be a whole new ball game. We have the first casting announcement for the CW series based on the long-running Archie comics, and reading the character descriptions you may end up having concerns about the direction Berlanti is taking this thing in.
According to Deadline, two of the New Archies (and I know that was a thing in the 90s so don’t bother point that out) are ready to enroll in Riverdale High. First up is Betty Cooper, the “sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome” best friend of Archie Andrews who decides that she’s tired of being little miss perfect (more or less). Lili Reinhart, who previously appeared on the Fox comedy Surviving Jack and in the movie The Kings of Summer, will play Betty.
Next up, Jughead Jones. “[A] heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews. He is still smarting from the rift that took place between the two,” is the character description according to Deadline. That crash you heard was millions of Archie fans facepalming themselves hard because while Jughead’s been many things, but a “heartthrob” or even moderately interested in the opposite sex, is not one them. Cole Sprouse, Cody of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody fame, not to mention its various spin-offs, movies, and guest appearances, will be playing the hamburger loving, now former, BFF to Archie, who has yet to be cast.
Riverdale is in development for the 2016/17 TV season. Shooting will get underway on the pilot shortly, and then we’ll hear in May if the CW will pick it up for series. We’ll keep you posted with the latest developments.