Everything we know about Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’
Described as tonally similar to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa’s upcoming dark adaptation of his comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina looks like it could be the darkest teen show ever to have landed on Netflix.
Following the iconic Archie Comics character of Sabrina Spellman, the series will center around the character’s dark education as a sorceress while she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. The character is described as “intelligent, compassionate, and brave to the point of recklessness” in addition to being all that stands between the mortal realm and the forces of darkness that threaten our world – and we cannot wait to bingewatch the hell out of it.
To get you suitably excited for this spellbinding new series, we’ve conjured up everything we currently know about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
It’s a comic book adaptation, not some sloppy reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
When Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was first announced, fans with precious memories of the original 90s teen show had seemingly forgotten it was based on the original Archie Comics series. Instead, they raged against yet another unnecessary TV reboot of a beloved property – without realizing it’s based on Aguirre-Sacasa’s dark comic book reimagining of the canon, making it a whole new beast altogether.
Sabrina Spellman first appeared in Aguirre-Sacasa’s Archie Comics series Afterlife with Archie, the books that arguably brought Riverdale into existence. In the first book of the series, Spellman is responsible for accidentally bringing forth a zombie apocalypse when Jughead Jones asks her to bring his pet dog back to life. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set in the 1960s and follows the half-witch, half-mortal teenager trying to decide which half she wants to live out for the rest of her life.
The books are saturated with gothic horror elements and feature an array of unexpected twists and macabre details like portals to hell – meaning this TV show could become the darkest young adult show on air.
Melissa Joan Hart is all for the fresh reimagining of the Archie Comics character.
Just because it isn’t a direct reboot of the beloved 90s classic series Sabrina the Teenage Witch doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in what the OG live-action Sabrina has to say about the whole thing.
Speaking to E!, the former Sabrina Spellman gave her blessing to the Netflix Originals series. “I think what they’re doing is smart, doing like the darker version. I think it’s going to be more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer than the Sabrina that most people know. It’s an Archie comic so the rights reverted from my company, Heartbreak Films, back to them. It’s a totally different show.”
Sabrina Spellman has been perfectly cast.
By now you’re hopefully all over the fact that the extraordinary Kiernan Shipka is to play Sabrina in the series and she’s just as adorably hyped to play the role as we are to see her in it. The talented young actor told ComicBook.com the show is “going to be really dark and really cool and have this very macabre take on everything. I’m really pumped to be a witch. Who wouldn’t be?”
The rest of the young cast are appropriately badass.
Joining Shipka are Chance Perdomo as Sabrina’s “witty, puckish, and pansexual” warlock cousin placed under house arrest by the witches’ council and forced to live with the Spellmans; Jaz Sinclair as Rosalind Walker, the “brash, empowered, and outspoken daughter of Greendale’s minister”; and Ross Lynch as everyone’s fave spellbound love interest Harvey Kinkle, “a dreamboat and a dreamer . . . completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart”.
In fact, the entire cast is made up of genre favorites.
The wonderful Lucy Davis (whom you may remember best from Shaun of the Dead) is set to play the warm yet wicked Aunt Hilda, while the stern Aunt Zelda will be played by Miranda Otto. Meanwhile Michelle Gomez will play Sabrina’s favorite teacher Mary Wardell, said to become “a sultry, cunning manipulator” by the name of Madam Satan when possessed by the devil’s handmaiden. Rounding off this phenomenal cast is Richard Coyle set to play Father Blackwood, High Priest of the Church of Night with a “terrifying dark agenda.”
Salem has been cast and he’s played by a real cat this time.
Sorry animatronic kitties of the world – this little feline looks fiercer than any furry bot ever could.
Don’t get too excited about the possibility of a Riverdale crossover just yet.
Although Aguirre-Sacasa previously suggested to The Wrap that there’s “absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale”, the current thinking regarding the two shows is that they’ll exist in “completely separate universes.”
Lili Reinhart (who plays Betty Cooper in Riverdale) explained as much to ComicBook.com in February. “I don’t really know what Roberto’s plan is for Sabrina or what aspect of the supernatural or magic will be used. I know that doesn’t exist in Riverdale. At least right now. So it wouldn’t make sense for those two worlds to collide.”
The first teaser poster is an absolute stunner.
Given the 60s setting, the Saul Bass-inspired poster is gloriously apt.
A ten-second teaser is urging us to “join the coven”.
Tonight blood will cover the moon.
A sign of something coming soon. pic.twitter.com/GKiApL4FGS
— Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (@sabrinanetflix) July 27, 2018
Though little is given away in the teaser other than images from the comics, Salem’s hypnotic stare, and some generally creepy-ass images and music, the dark enigmatic tone of the show is perfectly showcased in the teaser. Furthermore, the line “Join the coven – we’re waiting for you” sends legitimate chills through our delicate little bodies.
It’s been given the release date we all deserve.
All ten episodes of the first season of the creepy new show will be dropped on Netflix all at once on October 26 – just in time for Halloween.