"Sabrina": Release Date, Cast, Trailers And Everything You Need To Know

5 April 2018, 14:37

Sabrina
Picture: Archie Comics
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

All the latest information about the cast, storyline, theories and trailers.

It's official! Sabrina the Teenage Witch is back at it again and this time, she's going DARK. Netflix has ordered two ten-episode seasons of the stand-alone Riverdale companion show which will be based on the Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. And now, your first look has officially arrived:

Production began on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina earlier this week in Vancouver with Kiernan Shipka and Ross Lynch stepping into the roles of the teenage witch and her boyfriend Harvey - and they look perfect! (Dare we say... Greendale's version of Bughead?!)

Here's everything you need to know about the new show, from the Netflix release date to who's playing who in the cast...

When will The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina be released?

No release date has been set for Sabrina just the yet but we could be looking at either a mid-to-late 2018 release or an early 2019 drop.

What network will the show be on?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will now air on Netflix. The CW, which is the same network that airs Riverdale, were previously attached to the project.

Who will play Sabrina on the show?

Kiernan Shipka, who you'll probably know as the iconic Sally Draper in Mad Men and most recently as Bette Davis' daughter B.D. in Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Betty And Joan, will be playing the teenage witch.

Rumours had been swirling around for months about who would take on the lead role as the iconic blonde witch. Dove Cameron remained fan favourite and recent rumours suggested that newly-blonde Selena Gomez was one of the front-runners for the role.

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Who will play Sabrina's boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle on the show?

Disney Channel's Ross Lynch will play the role of Harvey, Sabrina's human boyfriend. His character has been described as "the prince charming of a dark fairy tale, the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart."

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Who else has been cast in Sabrina?

The roles of the iconic Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda will be played by Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman, The Office UK) and Miranda Otto (Lord Of The Rings).

Newcomer Chance Perdomo has been cast as Sabrina's English warlock cousin Ambrose Spellman. Ambrose, who is one of Sabrina's partners in crime, is described as witty, puckish and pan-sexual. This will be Perdomo's first US television role.

Michelle Gomez, who you'll recognise from Doctor Who, will also be joining the cast as Sabrina's favourite teacher Mary Wardell who ends up being possessed and manipulating Sabrina into all sorts of trouble.

Actress Jaz Sinclair will play the role of Rosalind Walker, Sabrina's best friend. You may recognise Jaz from The Vampire Diaries, Easy, and Paper Towns. Jaz will also appear in the 2018 horror thriller Slender Man.

Rosalind Walker is the outspoken daughter of Greendale's minister. She attends Baxter high with Sabrina and will make up one half of what is sure to be a dynamic duo.

How many seasons will there be?

Thanks to the huge success of Riverdale on both The CW and on Netflix, the streaming service have already signed up for TWO SEASONS of the show.

How many episodes will there be?

There will be 10 episodes in each season, which means we're already guaranteed 20 episodes of the show so far.

What are the episode title names?

As we know from Riverdale, each episode is named after a film or book that loosely mirrors the storyline of the episode. Judging by the first picture of the the script for episode one, it looks like Sabrina will be following suit. The first episode will be titled 'October Country' which is also the name of a collection of short macabre stories by Ray Bradbury. And by the sounds of it, Sabrina is going to be VERY macabre in tone.

What will happen in the show?

First things first, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina will be a far cry from the cute and quirky Melissa Joan Hart series you probably obsessed over as a kid. Show-runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be relying heavily on the dark and twisty comic book series to bring the TV show to life.

According to Deadline, this series will see 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." It will be created by the same team who worked on Riverdale so you can expect there to a familiar tone - but scarier.

You can read the first page of the script right here.

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Will Sabrina be on Riverdale?

So far, there are no plans to include Sabrina on Riverdale. Instead of a backdoor pilot within the show, Sabrina will be getting her OWN pilot episode. The show will not be a "spin-off" of Riverdale either, it'll be a stand alone show.

That's not to say Riverdale will stop alluding to Sabrina and making witchy references though. They still both kind of exist in the same world. Greendale is still on the other side of Sweetwater River and characters in the show have already visited the town. As far as we know, Riverdale will remain untouched by ~magic~.

But whether or not characters from the show will crossover and interact with each is yet to be confirmed by RAS. The fact that Sabrina will air exclusively on Netflix, as opposed to The CW like Riverdale, might also have an effect on whether or not Sabrina will EVER appear in Riverdale at all. It's not unheard of though. So there's still hope, for those of you that want it.

In an interview with Vulture, Lili Reinhart appeared to confirm that Sabrina will not exist within the same universe as Riverdale, and that Betty will never make appearance on the Netflix show.

"I think Betty’s solely in the Riverdale world and it doesn’t make sense for a crossover. That’s why the decision was ultimately made to move to Netflix — to make these Riverdale and Sabrina shows completely separate universes."

And there you have it.

Is there a trailer for Sabrina yet?

Not yet, but we'll let you know the SECOND it drops.

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