Casting for CW’s Riverdale Based on Archie Comics

The CW is developing a live action series called Riverdale, based on the popular Archie Comics.  This past week they have announced casting for many of the major roles on the show.  Check out who will be playing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang below.  The images and character descriptions come courtesy of Coming Soon.

KJ Apa (Shortland Street) has been tabbed to play the lead character Archie.  He is described as “an intense, conflicted teen, a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working construction and is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music — against the wishes of his father and his football coach.”

Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210) will be playing Archie’s father Fred Andrews.  He is described as “the “easygoing” owner of the family construction company who hopes Archie will take over the family business.”

Ashleigh Murray will be playing Josie McCoy.  Josie is the the lead singer in Josie and the Pussycats group, described as “a gorgeous, snooty and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for popular band Josie and the Pussycats. She has zero interest in recording any songs written by fellow teen Archie.”

Madelaine Petsch has been cast as Cheryl Blossom.  The redhead Blossom is described as “rich, entitled and never accountable. A manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.”

Camila Mendes has been cast as Riverdale’s top socialite, Veronica Lodge.  Veronica Lodge is “a silver-tongued high school sophomore who returns to Riverdale from New York, eager to reinvent herself after a scandal involving her father.”

These actors will be joining They join Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones in the adaptation.

According to Coming Soon, “The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.”

How do you feel about how the cast is shaping up for Riverdale?  The series will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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