Riverdale season 5 will be making a massive time jump according to star Lili Reinhart. It had previously been revealed that The CW series, which is based on the Archie Comics universe, would be making a leap forward in time next season. But now, Reinhart has revealed that the jump will be significant, with the show jumping ahead a full seven years.
The actress, who is promoting her new movie Chemical Hearts, made the reveal on The Tonight Show. When host Jimmy Fallon asked about season 5, Lili Reinhart revealed they will be gearing up for production here in a few days following the months-long shutdown. First, they need to finish up the last bit of season 4. But then, they will no longer be teenagers. Here's what Reinhart had to say about it.
"So, we're taking the first few episodes [back] to finish Season 4, technically, and then Season 5 we're actually doing a, I believe, 7-year time jump into the future. We're not going to be teenagers anymore... I'm really psyched about it. I think it will be nice to play an adult. But I also really appreciate that Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] our showrunner was like, 'Yeah, let's revamp.' We're not just stuck in high school for seven seasons."
It hasn't been revealed how the time jump will affect the show moving forward. Undoubtedly, this will be huge and could open up a whole new era for Archie and the gang. As for production, Lili Reinhart explained that they will still need to finish an episode that they had been filming in March before the shutdown, which will present some unique challenges.
"We stopped in the middle of an episode. So when we go back, we have to finish three days of one episode that we were filming in March. So we're all going to be significantly tanner. Maybe I've gained weight during quarantine, so I'll look a little different [laughs]. I feel like it will be very easy to tell when was in March, when we filmed in September."
Riverdale premiered on The CW in 2017 and quickly became one of the network's most-watched shows. The cast includes KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle and Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater are executive producers.
All of The CW shows that were scheduled to premiere in the fall, have been bumped to early 2021. Riverdale is currently set to return in January 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the new season are made available. You can check out the full interview with Lili Reinart from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon YouTube channel.