Riverdale Casts Its Jughead And Betty

Riverdale Casting

The CW has cast two of the four leads in its pilot inspired by Archie Comics, Riverdale.

Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack) will play Betty Cooper, a “sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome” teenager with a crush on her best friend, Archie Andrews. When she decides she’s tired of playing the role of perfect daughter, she gets some advice from her new friend, Veronica, for advice.

Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) will play Jughead Jones, “a heartthrob with a philosophical bent.” Jughead is Archie’s former best friend and is still sore about their falling out.

Riverdale is being developed by producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl). The show is conceived of as a modern and subversive take on the source material that examiens the surrealism of life in a perfect, small town like Riverdale.

Via Deadline

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    • TGS808
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    Love Berlanti, but this sounds terrible. A subversive version of Archie where jughead is the heartthrob? Pass.

  1. Oh jeez, I don't like the word "heartthrob" here. They just canonically made Jughead asexual in the comics, and that's absolutely got to carry over.

  2. I dont know what I am more disheartening about the description of Judhead so I will just have to say ALL of it...I mean what next Moose captain of the debate team....Dilton as the town drunk......or Cherly and Reggie as the heads of the local Habitat for Humanity

  3. Does anyone even remember Archie? Besides my mom and aunt?

  4. Not too bad for Betty. I'd sort of like to see an African-American Veronica. Cole looks a little too young for Jughead unless that's an old picture.

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