Netflix’s Riverdale spinoff featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch is rounding out its cast and has added Jaz Sinclair in a series regular role.
The Paper Towns actress is joining Kiernan Shipka in the two-season, direct-to-series spinoff series, which re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Described as tonally being in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina (Shipka) wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Sinclair will play the role of Rosalind. Brash, empowered, and outspoken, Rosalind Walker is the daughter of Greendale’s minister and Sabrina’s best friend at Baxter High.
Aguirre-Sacasa is writing and executive-producing the new spinoff, with Lee Toland Krieger set to direct and serve as EP. Originally in development at The CW, the project moved to Netflix last month with a huge 2-season, 20-episode series order.
It’s unclear how the Sabrina series will relate to Riverdale now that it will be on a different network, but it still has the same creative team behind it. Crossovers, however, would seem more unlikely now.
Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics’ Jon Goldwater, who serve as EPs on Riverdale, will also serve as EPs on the spinoff.
The character of Sabrina has been the focus of discussion since Riverdale’s inception, when Aguirre-Sacasa indicated a strong desire to see the teenage witch show up in town and then ultimately lead her own series.
Sinclair’s roles include John Green adaptation Paper Towns, Netflix’s Easy and The CW’s Vampire Diaries. She’s represented by UTA, Creative Partners Group and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Linda Ge | TV Editor