Riverdale Lands Molly Ringwald as Archie's Mother
With the January 26 premiere date just a few weeks away, the cast of The CW's Riverdale keeps getting bigger. The upcoming series has brought on Molly Ringwald in a recurring role as Mary Andrews, the mother of KJ Apa's Archie Andrews. Here's a description of the character, and how she fits into the story below.
"Having left Riverdale two years ago to follow her dreams, Ringwald's Mary Andrews comes back to town in her family's hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie (played by New Zealand actor K.J. Apa) and her husband, Fred (90210's Luke Perry), but also her former high school gal-pals Hermione and Alice, just in time for a Homecoming Dance."
TV Line reports that Molly Ringwald will appear in two episodes of Riverdale Season 1, starting with the 10th episode. It has been previously announced that Hermione will be played by Marisol Nichols while Madchen Amick is playing Alice. While this series is based on the iconic Archie Comics, it's clear these characters won't be the same as in the comics.
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 - 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). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him - certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats.
The ensemble cast also includes Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Archie's longtime friend and budding writing, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, who still isn't ready to reveal her amorous feelings for Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, who returns to Riverdale from New York with her mother Hermione, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale's Queen Bee who is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own, about the death of her twin brother Jason. Molly Ringwald most recently starred in the TV series Raising Expectations and the big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. She also had a five-year-stint on the ABC Family series The Secret Life of an American Teenager from 2008 to 2013. Hopefully we'll have more details about new Riverdale cast members as we get closer to the January 26 premiere date.