November 6 2015

Riverdale casting breakdowns will leave you scratching your head

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The CW is still moving forward with its live-action series based on Archie comics, but things are definitely taking an odd turn with the character descriptions.

Whenever a show is about to film its pilot it of course needs to find actors, and with that in mind The CW has released character descriptions for the four main character of Riverdale. Hold on folks… it’s about to get bumpy.

ARCHIE ANDREWS | A high school sophomore, the redhead is still boyishly handsome but “pumped and looking good after working construction for his dad during the summer.” Archie is grappling with heavy issues and juggling the interest of several girls while discovering his passion for writing and performing music against his father and his football coach’s better wishes. Oh, and he’s harboring more than one dark, terrible secret.

BETTY COOPER | The blonde and pretty sophomore is described as having “some self-esteem issues and affinity for Adderall.” Eager-to-please, wholesome and studious, Betty has a super-crush on her longtime best bud, Archie. But tired of being the “perfect” everything, she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice. Betty has an emotionally brittle mom, a goth-like sister and a coveted spot on the cheerleading squad — though with certain conditions….

VERONICA LODGE | Producers are aiming to ideally cast a Latina as this “silver-tongued” stunner, who has just returned to Riverdale from New York following a scandal which resulted in her father going to prison. Extremely intelligent, self-confident and immediately popular, Veronica is eager to reinvent herself — from Mean Girl to caring friend.

JUGHEAD JONES | A hearing-impaired actor is being sought to play Jughead as an “emo-heartthrob.” The lanky lad is Archie’s former best friend, seeing as the two still are smarting from a rift that took place between them. Angry, but with a philosophical bent, Jughead “refuses to take the olive branch being proffered by Archie, the hurt goes that deep.”

I am not an expert on Archie, but… what the heck is going on here? Betty has a drug problem? Jughead is a hearing-impaired “emo-heartthrob?”

This sounds like The CW is just taking its usual teen angst formula and applying a coat of paint to it that will make it look like a well-known property. How the folks at Archie Comics signed off on this is beyond me, but even worse the company’s chief creative officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is writing the pilot.

If this gets past the pilot I will be amazed. This isn’t the first proposed Archie project, and I somehow doubt it will be the last.

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