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‘Riverdale’ Casts Archie, Josie, & More

Riverdale“, the live action series based on the popular revival of Archie Comics, has just found a few more of its main characters. According to Deadline, actors KJ Apa, Ashleigh Murray, Madelaine Pitsch, and Luke Perry have all been cast in the pilot for the potential series, which is destined for The CW this fall if it gets the go-ahead.  I’d say it’s chances of going to series are better than most of the other pilots, however, given that this would-be series comes courtesy of CW golden boy Greg Berlanti (“Arrow“, “The Flash“, “Legends of Tomorrow“).  Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, who has had great success in reviving these characters in comic form and already has a working relationship with Berlanti on “Supergirl”, will be overseeing the eventual series.

KJ Apa will be playing ‘Archie Andrews‘, “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.”

Madelaine Pitsch is playing ‘Cheryl Blossom‘, a “rich, entitled and never accountable. A manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.”

Ashleigh Murray is ‘Josie‘.  Yes, the one of Josie and the Pussycats fame.  She is 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.”

Lastly, Luke Perry will be portraying ‘Fred Andrews‘, Archie’s father.  Deadline described Fred as “the owner of a construction firm who is hoping his son, who worked for him all summer, will someday take over the family business.”

They join the already-cast Cole Sprouse as ‘Jughead Jones’ and Lili Reinhart as ‘Betty Cooper’.

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