After coming to fame on Man Men in the role of Sally Draper, Kiernan Shipka has been cast in Netflix’s upcoming two-season, straight to series, Riverdale spinoff, Sabrina.
With development staring at The CW in September, the broadcaster began looking for the actress who would portray the reimagined teenage witch. Sources say that The CW Warner Bros. Television’s list was extensive. However, with the move to the streaming giant and the two-season order, Shipka stood out as top choice.
“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,” said Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
The spinoff reimagines Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale. It will focus on Sabrina’s struggle to reconcile her dual nature as half-human, half-witch.