added: Thu, Dec 22nd '16
Get an extended look at the new CW series "Riverdale," which is a dark and modern reimagining of Archie Comics.
Essentially, it's a new high-school-set drama but with a murder-mystery twist, taking place within the Archie Comics universe and featuring the principal characters: Archie (played by K.J. Apa), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Reggie (Ross Butler) and Josie; as in Josie and the Pussycats (Ashleigh Murray).
Gone are the squeaky-clean aesthetic of the 1940s/'50s and the sappy tales of teenage puppy love. Instead, the series is taking on a much darker tone as it revolves around the unsolved murder of a popular student from Riverdale High.
Co-starring Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols, and Madchen Amick, "Riverdale" hails from "Glee" producer and 2013's "Carrie" screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Lee Toland Krieger, the director of "The Age of Adaline," directs the first three episodes of the CW drama, which is scheduled to launch on Thursday, January 26.
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom -- and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad's footsteps despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Now Archie has no one to mentor him, certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie's mind -- as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).
Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Madchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between Veronica and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)... Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows.
directed by Lee Toland Krieger
starring K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Ross Butler, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Sarah Habel, Madelaine Petsch
release date January 26, 2017 (on The CW)