Netflix has unveiled the first official photos from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The CW found themselves a pretty big hit with Riverdale and, in an attempt to keep that ball rolling, the network began developing a spin-off in the form of a dark take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which also exists in the Archie Comics universe. Ultimately, the project found its way to Netflix and now the streaming service has released the first official photos which promise something much darker than what we got with Melissa Joan Hart in the 90s.
One of the photos solely showcases former Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, looking a little bit like Little Red Riding Hood hanging out in the woods. The second photo depicts a scene from her dark baptism, with Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, as well as Abigail Cowan, Adeline Rudolph and Tati Gabrielle as The Weird Sisters. They're all standing around watching as Shipka goes through this witchy ritual. It's an intriguing shot, but one that begs for a bit more context. It makes one even more curious to see what it's going to look like once the trailer drops.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will tell the origin and various adventures of Sabrina through the lens of a dark coming-of-age story that deals in horror, the occult and witchcraft. The producers and Netflix say that the show is closer in tone to Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, which makes it a far cry from the days of watching a wisecracking, talking cat goof around with a spell casting teenager. The new series will see Sabrina 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.
The creative team includes Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also happens to be the chief creative officer of Archie Comics. He also penned the script for the series. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger are on board as executive producers. The cast for the series also includes Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Lachlan Watson, Bronson Pinchot and Gavin Leatherwood.
The character of Sabrina the Teenage Witch was introduced in the pages of Archie Comics in 1962, eventually becoming one of the major characters in the Archie universe. She was given her own series in 1971. It was recently revealed that Netflix will debut The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on October 26, just in time for Halloween. With the show's premiere rapidly approaching, we should be seeing a teaser trailer very shortly. We'll be sure to bring that your way as soon as it's made available. For the time being, be sure to check out the first photos from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for yourself below. These photos come to us courtesy of Netflix.