Netlfix announced today that Mad Men veteran Kiernan Shipka will star as Sabrina Spellman in its upcoming series based on Archie Comics’ Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Described as an “empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch,” Sabrina is still a sorcerer-in-training when viewers meet her. Despite that supernatural curriculum, she still tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High while the forces of darkness marshal to threaten the world.
The series is being developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the man behind The CW’s Riverdale. In fact, the series was originally set to become a sister program to Riverdale on The CW before development moved to Netflix toward the end of 2017. In a statement, Aguirre-Sacasa said, “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.”
Aguirre-Sacasa also wrote the comic book The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Archie, which will serve as the basis for the series; though Netflix was quick to mention the program is still untitled as of the announcement of Shipka’s casting. The program is currently planned for two ten-episodes seasons, but is not yet scheduled for release.