We’ve known for a few months now that Netflix has a new Sabrina series in development. In fact, the reboot for this beloved genre character has already been given a two-season order by the on-demand streaming service. Well, now the series has finally announced who’ll be tackling its lead role.
As revealed by Netflix, Kiernan Shipka has been cast as the titular Sabrina Spellman for this new take on the beloved Archie Comics character. Shipka is likely best known for the likes of Mad Men and Feud: Bette and Joan; the latter in which she played the teenage daughter of Susan Sarandon’s Bette Davis.
The early character description for this incarnation of Sabrina has her listed as: “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 foces of darkness that threaten our world.”
Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has already talked about this being “a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina” – not to mention early tonal comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist – and it’s a show that’s certainly on the radar of many a genre fan as we look forward to what new shows 2018 will be dishing up.
As ever, expect more on Sabrina as it continues to develop.