Following up on the success of The CW’s super popular Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics, Netflix is set to premiere the new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on October 26, 2018. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Feud: Bette and Joan), featured on the poster and in the first one-minute trailer, takes on the starring role of Sabrina Spellman in what’s touted as a dark coming of age tale.
The Sabrina introduced in the series is described 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 forces of darkness that threaten our world.”
In addition to Shipka, the cast features Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, and Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardell. Chance Perdomo is Ambrose Spellman, Jaz Sinclair is Rosalind Walker, Richard Coyle is Father Blackwood, and Tati Gabrielle is Prudence. Adeline Rudolph plays Agatha, Abigail Cowen is Dorcas, Lachlan Watson is Susie Putnam, and Bronson Pinchot plays George Hawthorne.
The series comes from Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who serves as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aguirre-Sacasa explained the new show will play out like a series of mini-movies. He also revealed viewers can expect one of the first season’s episodes will be an homage to The Exorcist, one of his personal favorite horror films.
Season one is made up of 10 one-hour episodes.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Plot:
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 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.