Richard Coyle Joins Netflix’s Sabrina As Father Blackwood

by Erik Amaya

 

Deadline reports that actor Richard Coyle will play Father Blackwood on Netflix’s upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series.

Coyle will play Father Blackwood, the High Priest of the Church of Night and the Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts. Described as “ruthless and ambitious,” the high priest’s agenda puts him at odds with Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and others. Besides facing foes like Blackwood, Sabrina will also have to navigate high school and straddle the line between her spellcasting upbringing and typical teen drama.

The actor joins Shipka, the recently announced Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda and Lucy Davis as Aunt Hilda. Other announced cast include Doctor Who‘s Michelle Gomez, who will play Sabrina’s teacher Mary Wardell. While one of Sabrina’s favorite people, Ms. Wardell will reflect the main character’s dual nature as she is sometimes possessed by Madam Satan; who hopes to turn Sabrina toward the dark side. Chance Perdomo will also appear as Sabrina’s British cousin Ambrose. Jaz Sinclair was previously announced to play Sabrina’s best friend Rosalind Walker.

While creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa posted a photo of a script referring to the series by its comic book title, Netflix and industry papers still consider the series as untitled. It is unclear if Netflix will ultimately decide to use The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or go with something shorter and less pulpy.

It is also unclear when the series is expected to debut, but a late 2018 or early 2019 premiere seems likely.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.