The TRUE star has been revealed!
Netflix still doesn't have an official title for its new take on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," but now it does have an official Salem the cat. Kiernan Shipka landed the lead role of Sabrina in the adaptation of the Archie Comics graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." As you know, Melissa Joan Hart is still most famous for playing Sabrina, alongside sarcastic Salem Saberhagen, a witch sentenced to life as a cat.
Netflix's new one-hour drama comes with a two season straight-to-series order; the dark coming-of-age story will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer -- and "Riverdale" showrunner -- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Aguirre-Sacasa shared the first glimpse of the new Salem:
My boy Salem!!!! pic.twitter.com/dWW6WDOhn7— Matheus Manacez 🐮 (@MatheusManacez) February 9, 2018
What do you think of the new Salem vs. the old (animatronic puppet) Salem?
The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that actress Jaz Sinclair ("Easy," "The Vampire Diaries") was cast in the series regular role of Rosalind Walker, "the brash, empowered and outspoken daughter of Greendale's minister and Sabrina's best friend at Baxter High." So now we have three cast members -- Sabrina, Rosalind, and Salem.
This version of Sabrina's story is meant to be more serious than the Melissa Joan Hart version. Here's a description from Archie Comics:
"An empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, Sabrina is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Intelligent, compassionate and brave to the point of recklessness, Sabrina is all that stands between us and the forces of darkness that threaten our world. [...]
Netflix's Untitled Sabrina Project is based on the critically acclaimed CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA graphic novel from Archie Comics written by Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, detailing the compelling and shocking re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's occult origins.
This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil."
Last year, Aguirre-Sacasa teased Sabrina's possible appearance on "Riverdale" to EW:
"Some people don't even know that Sabrina is in the Archie family. There is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale. Certainly, the priority is launching Riverdale and making sure that show is as good as it can be and as embraced as we want it to be. I'll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P."
Stay tuned for more details, official images, and a premiere date.
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