A live-action Archie series is coming to The CW with Riverdale.
Now both Jughead and Betty have been cast.
Cole Sprouse, known for Disney’s Zack and Cody, will play Jughead, with the character described as a heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews.
Surviving Jack‘s Lili Reinhart is playing Betty, described as: sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome, with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie.
The rest of the Riverdale characters have yet to be cast.
Riverdale will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions. The series has been described as a: “subversive take on the classic Archie mythos.” Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.