‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ Netflix Reboot Finds Its Leading Lady

Billed as a companion series to Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark coming-of-age story that finds the teenage witch wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

The Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot was originally developed for The CW, but Netflix scooped it up and gave it a two-season order. The project just found its leading lady. Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka has snagged the coveted role. She was most recently seen in Feud: Bette vs Joan.

“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,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. “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.”


I think the 18-year-old actress is absolutely perfect for the role. She’s definitely Sabrina but with an edge. Inspired casting indeed.

The spellbinding series traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It’s being touted as Rosemary’s Baby meets The Exorcist. This origins story is worlds away from the campy ABC sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart in the 90s.

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the story based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic. Lee Toland Krieger will direct.

“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.” – Executive producer and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater

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