Who's Playing Sabrina In The Reboot? Kiernan Shipka Just Landed The Beloved Teenage Witch Role
In news that's guaranteed to add some magic to your Friday, the Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot at Netflix just found its lead. According to Variety, Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina, everyone's favorite TV witch. (Sorry, Aunt Hilda and Zelda.) And in case you were wondering, yes, Shipka is just as excited as you are. She retweeted the announcement with a slew of celebratory exclamation points.
The beloved teenage witch was played by Melissa Joan Hart in multiple iterations, including the Sabrina The Teenage Witch 1996 movie, as well as the TV series that ran from '96 through 2003. However, the latest version of the character promises to be darker than ever, as Riverdale's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is basing the series on his comics, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Per Variety, this Sabrina is described as "an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, Sabrina is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High." From the sound of it, fans of Sally Draper are in for quite a treat.
Plus, she may already be prepared for the part. In the Instagram snapshot below, Shipka posing with a dog that ostensibly resembles Sabrina's sidekick, Salem Saberhagen, the human-turned-cat. It's like she was made to play this character.
As for what's known about the upcoming series so far, Netflix reportedly ordered two seasons, so you can buckle in for quite a journey with Shipka's teenage witch. Initially, the series was rumored to be a companion piece to Riverdale, where Aguirre-Sacasa serves as the showrunner. Since he'll be the man behind both shows, as well as the comics, the possibility of some sort of crossover isn't out of the question.
The concept art for the series was also revealed near the end of December, highlighting just how dark the reboot may get. An ominous cartoon Sabrina is seen standing in the woods by a huge fire, while the first look of the script, teased by Digital Spy, suggests that she's leading her love interest, Harvey Kinkle, out there to tell him the truth about her life. (Speaking of Harvey, who's going to play him? That casting detail needs to be revealed ASAP, please.)
Suffice to say, the excitement and the expectations are high. Not just from the lead actor herself, but fans all over Twitter.
Seriously, people were pumped. The tweets below certainly speak for themselves.
This Fan Made It Clear That This Is Worth Getting Excited Over
Albeit a little forcibly, but the follow-up tweet suggests it's a suggestion made with good intentions.
Minds Were Changed
Perhaps, almost like magic? The casting news swayed some into believers.
The Enthusiasm Is Real
Just look at all that caps lock. Longtime fans know what she's capable of.
People's Weeks Were Made
Honestly, it's an understandable reaction when you factor in how excited the general population was about the reboot to begin with. Adding Shipka to the mix just pushed people over the edge — in the best way possible.
"Dream Come True"
Sure, it's unsurprising the creator is pleased with the pick, but it's still sweet to see him so excited to work with Shipka on the series.
Given the fact that Aguirre-Sacasa was able to breathe new life into the Archie Comics with Riverdale, it's likely he'll do the exact same thing with a franchise as beloved as Sabrina. And knowing that Shipka is cast and ready to go makes the news that much more exciting.
Now, if only there was some sort of spell to make the series start airing immediately — that would be some real magic.