We learned in September that a Sabrina the Teenage Witch spinoff would be coming to the Archieverse, based on Riverdale showrunner and Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's incredible comic The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. While that was great news, last month's report that the series would head to Netflix rather than The CW made possible the straight-up casting coup that was announced today: Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina Spellman!
Truly, there could be no one better. Back in February, I wrote about what we can expect from the series as a fan of the comic, and a BMD commenter suggested Shipka for the role. I've been obsessed with the idea ever since. In addition to the more superficial qualities that recommend her (that hair! Those brows!), Shipka's got a timeless power that most teenagers can't quite claim. She's Sabrina up and down, and immediately brings a level of class to the series that gives us reason to assume it will be something special.
In the press release, Aguirre-Sacasa said of the casting,
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.
Shipka was most recently seen tearing up the screen in Feud: Bette and Joan, which as an aside is a must-watch. And speaking of things you must do, please read The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina if you haven't already. It's the best horror comic and the best YA comic in years, and it sounds like they're doing the adaptation up right. The logline alone makes me want to cry tears of joy:
Untitled Sabrina Project imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
We'll get twenty episodes of Netflix's Untitled Sabrina Project at an as-yet-unannounced date, but that's okay. I can wait. I could live on this news forever.