Following the success of the first Riverdale related spinoff The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Riverdale universe is expanding again and has found its leading lady!
Actress Lucy Hale has been tapped to play Archie Comics character Katy Keene in the new show by the same name. The series follows the lives of four characters, including Katy Keene, as they all chase their dreams in New York City. The 29-year-old shared the news on social media on Monday, March 11, writing, “Well I’m slightly freaking out!” she wrote. “Thank you @archiecomics / @writerras / @thecw / @warnerbrostv / @thatthingofwhen for trusting me to be your KATY KEENE. my heart is bursting.”
The musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio, which of course includes Riverdale‘s Josie McCoy, meaning Ashleigh Murray will crossover in her character for the two series.
It has also been reported that Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, Jonny Beauchamp, and Julia Chan have all also signed on to star in the series, but their roles have not yet been annouinced.
Riverdale writer and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and television producer Michael Grassi (Degrassi: The Next Generation) have been tapped to script the project.
Of course, Aguirre-Sacasa has teased that there might be a lot more to come from the world of Archie following the success of Riverdale. “One of the nice things about me being a part of Archie Comics is having access to a library of 4,000 to 5,000 characters. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats … those are characters who can very easily support their own show. But we [also] have superheroes. So in success, yes, the goal is to expand that way,” he said.
Katy Keene is set to premiere on the CW later in 2019.