If you guys subscribe to us on YouTube (I don’t know why you wouldn’t), you know we’re big fans of Riverdale on The CW and have been anxiously awaiting casting information for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten our hands on a number of the Character Breakdowns for the show. Today, Deadline reported that Kiernan Shipka has been cast in the title role. Shipka is best known for her work on Mad Men and more recently on Feud: Bette and Joan, at 18 years old, Kiernan easily passes for 16 and from her previous work, she seems like a good fit for the role.
Here’s the breakdown for Sabrina:
Female, Open Ethnicity, to play 16.
Sabrina is an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Sabrina‘s intelligent, compassionate, and brave to the point of recklessness. She challenges witch-doctrine at every turn. She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends; wickedly funny and in the middle of a star-crossed romance with her classmate Harvey Kinkle. She is all that stands between us and the Forces of Darkness that threaten our world.
The show was originally in development at CW, which makes sense since that’s where Riverdale airs, it would also be another step towards making CW a network of TV universes, they already have the Arrowverse and there’s a Supernatural spin-off in the works, it would be kinda cool if they built up the network a bunch of interconnecting shows (provided they were all good -I’m looking at you Arrow). The show has since moved to Netflix, which is also a great location, but at the same time, if it’s connected to Riverdale, that could cause problems for fans who either don’t have cable or don’t have Netflix. It’s like when Supergirl and Flash crossed over, but they were on CBS and CW respectively. Could Riverdale possible move to Netflix? It’s possible. Outside of the States, new episodes of Riverdale already go up on Netflix 24 hours after they air Stateside, so for the rest of the world, Netflix is already the ideal spot for it.
I honestly don’t see the move happening, but we’ve got like 9 months before Season 3, so who knows what could happen between now and then. What do you guys think of Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!