Kiernan Shipka Cast as Sabrina the Teenage Witch!!!

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Netflix has found its Sabrina. 

The streaming giant has confirmed that Feud alum, Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina!

The new iteration of the comic book is described as “an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, [who] 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.”

Despite the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series being a comedy that was light and campy, the new iteration is said to be a darker approach to the comic book series. 

The darker tone worked well for Riverdale, so it seems like the best course of action to keep things dark. 

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Executive Producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa said the following about the casting of Shipka in the iconic role:

“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.”

Executive producer and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater added: “I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage, and boldness that has made the character a fan favorite.”

Kiernan Shipka

At just 18-years-old, Shipka has a TV resumé that boasts shows such as Mad Men, Heroes, Monk and, of course, the aforementioned Feud. 

The spin-off of Riverdale was confirmed a few months back, and it was reportedly in the works at The CW. However, things changed, and Netflix stepped in with a lucrative straight-to-series order that included 20 episodes to air over two seasons. 

It was a groundbreaking deal and one that allowed Warner Bros. TV Group to take full ownership of the series. 

Over to you, TV Fanatics!

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Riverdale Quotes

Cheryl: Ummm, did you have a lobotomy for breakfast? You’re wearing my signature color!
Toni: You don’t own the color red. Red existed before you.
Cheryl: Not at Riverdale High. Here, I invented red. I am red.
[Cheryl snaps her fingers and two girls stand behind her]
Cheryl: Sorry, but this school is not big enough for the both of us, faux-pink lady. And I was here first. Go to Centerville High or Westerberg, I don’t care. But you have until first bell Monday to clear every trace of yourself out of these halls. Copy?
[Cheryl flips her hair in Toni’s face and walks away]

Kevin: Okay, Veronica, I’m obsessed with everything that just happened.
Veronica: Thank you! It helps to be off-book and in full costume.
Betty: Don’t be so modest, you are the literally embodiment of Chris. Never has a role been perfectly typecast.
Archie: Betty!
Veronica: What was that, Betty?
Betty: I mean think about it: Spoiled rich girl, check. Major daddy issues, check. Bad to the bone, trying to control everyone around her, including her boyfriend and best friend. Check, check, check.