Big news, witches! Sabrina has been cast! 18-year-old Kiernan Shipka is officially the lead for Netflix’s upcoming (and currently unnamed) series based on the Archie Horror comic, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Shipka, a Chicago native, is most known for her role as Sally Draper in AMC’s Mad Men. Horror fans may recognise her 2009’s horror film Carriers, or The Blackcoat’s Daughter. Between her part in one of the most successful TV dramas in history and her genre work experience, I’d say she’s extremely well-suited to lead Netflix’s Sabrina series.
Archie Horror mastermind Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted a link to the announcement with the caption, “So excited to announce our Sabrina!!!” Friday afternoon. Ten minutes later, he posted a picture of Kiernan Shipka holding an Archie Comics anthology book. Every time Aguirre-Sacasa tweets, I squeal a little louder. My cat is SO TIRED of hearing about this Sabrina show.
Originally envisioned as a CW teen soap opera in the same vein as Riverdale, the frustratingly-unnamed Sabrina show is now set to be a darker, meaner Netflix series. The announcement of Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina is a huge step forward, but some questions still remain: who will play Salem? Will it be a real cat, a puppet, or CGI? Will I ever get the chance to pet Salem? Finally, can we officially just call it Chilling Adventure of Sabrina?
To learn more about Kiernan Shipka, including past roles, trivia, quotes, and birthday, check out her IMDb page. To get caught up on all of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics while they’re still on winter clearance sale, visit the Archie Comics store. To stay up-to-date on Sabrina and Riverdale news, follow Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Twitter. For more information on the Sabrina show, take out your headphones. You’ll probably hear me screaming about it, no matter where you are.