The CW announced Tuesday that Former Disney Channel star Cole Sprouse will play Jughead Jones in the pilot episode for the live-action ‘Riverdale’ TV series, with Lili Reinhart playing Betty Cooper, according to Deadline.
What could be considered the headline in the Deadline article is the ‘Riverdale’ series plans to introduce Josie and the Pussycats. Where ‘Riverdale’ is just another high school drama, a ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ series could fill the void left by Glee.
‘Riverdale’ will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role.
No premiere date has been announced for the series.
Source: Archie Comics Media