The entertainment industry is still in shock following the tragic death of actor Luke Perry on Monday. The show he had been starring on for the last three years, The CW's Riverdale, has yet to resume production in the wake of his passing.
Deadline reported on Monday that the series had shut down production after Perry's death, allowing the cast and crew to grieve the loss away from work. There was no indication as to when filming would resume, but the publication is now confirming that production has remained shut down through Tuesday.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given that Perry was not only one of the series regulars on Riverdale, but he was a beloved member of the set, acting as a mentor to many of the show's young stars. It will certainly be difficult for everyone involved when production eventually resumes.
After starring in Bevery Hills, 90210 in the '90s, Perry enjoyed a bit of a career resurgence when the Archie Comics-inspired Riverdale began in 2016. Perry was cast out of the gate as Fred Andrews, the father of Archie. Over the course of the show's three seasons, Perry's performance made Fred a favorite amongst the fans.
Warner Bros. Television, The CW, and Riverdale executive producers Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater released the following statement regarding Luke Perry's passing:
"We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show's young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke's family during this most difficult time."
In addition to upcoming episodes of Riverdale that had already been filmed prior to his death, Perry is set to appear this summer in Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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