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NEW SERIES: Kiernan Shipka Cast as Teenage Witch SABRINA in Netflix’s RIVERDALE Spinoff

Kiernan Shipka is Sabrina Spellman.

Update: Start of filming pushed to March 19th.

The Mad Men alumnus is expected to start filming her dark education as a teenage sorceress in [mid-March] in Vancouver.

Based on the graphic novel, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the new Netflix series will tell the story of a half-mortal, half-witch teen trying to balance a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High in Greendale with her role as protector of the town against dark forces.

Developed as a potential Riverdale spinoff for The CW, the new series instead goes straight to Netflix with a two season order of 20 episodes.

Last Fall, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa shared a page of the first script with Sabrina Spellman showing her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle where she was born in the woods.

I… wanted you to see where I was born, Harvey. Not in Greendale General, like it says on my birth certificate. Here. In this grove of trees. Almost sixteen years ago. … And, uhm, where I’ll be reborn this Saturday night. On my birthday. At the stroke of midnight. In the middle of a — a penumbral lunar eclipse. The kind that only happens once every sixty-six years. … That’s why I can’t go to Rosalind’s Halloween party this weekend. 

Concept art.

In the comics, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a lighter character who lives with her two aunts, who are witches themselves, and the family pet Salem, who used to be a witch before she was turned into a cat. Most of her adventures involve Sabrina secretly helping others with her powers. Her boyfriend Harvey doesn’t know she’s a witch. None of her classmates do in Greendale, a town not far from Archie’s Riverdale.

Lee Toland Krieger will direct Roberto Aguiree-Sacasa’s first Sabrina script produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Aguirre-Sacasa.

Season One is expected to film in metro Vancouver from [March 19th to December 5th].

Sources: Production Weekly, Deadline: Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter.


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