The search for the next Sabrina Spellman is officially over! Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka has landed the titular role in Netflix’s upcoming Sabrina series from the producers of Riverdale.
Shipka’s take on Sabrina is described as follows by Netflix and Warner Bros. TV:
“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.”
While a casting search for Sabrina has been going on for months, when the show got picked up by Netflix, the casting team had to go back from the start. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale showrunner/EP) as well as Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, said the following in a statement.
Aguirre-Sacasa: “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.”
Goldwater: “I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage and boldness that has made the character a fan favorite.”
Production on the first season is set to begin later this spring in Vancouver, Canada. With the leading lady now cast, more casting news should be coming out sooner rather than later.
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