Since it was first announced to be in development for Fox less than two years ago, Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of Archie Comics’ titular star Archie Andrews has since switched networks to The CW, received a pilot order, cast the iconic set of teenagers, and earned a series order. Riverdale is slated to debut at the midseason mark of the 2016-2017 season, but the pilot already screened at Comic-Con International in San Diego this past weekend, giving certain fans and members of the press a first look at the series – even before a trailer has debuted to the public.
Still, though a trailer hasn’t been officially released, images of the set of Riverdale have teased Archie’s hometown and a first look at the cast introduced K.J. Apa as Archie, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge. Now, new photos give us another look at Archie and his Riverdale co-stars.
ComicBook released a new still from Riverdale featuring Apa as Archie along with Luke Perry as Archie’s father Fred Andrews. The pair are dressed for a semi-formal occasion with a police car sitting in the background – perhaps having to do with the death of a fellow classmate prior to the beginning of the school year. Take a look at the new image:
Additionally, the official Archie Comics Twitter account posted a new photo of Archie and Jughead, teasing the characters’ iconic looks – Archie with his Riverdale High letterman jacket and Jughead with his crown-like hat. Take a look at the photo:
Riverdale also stars Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom – who lost her twin brother Jason in a mysterious accident – Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy of Josie and the Pussycats, Ross Butler as Archie’s nemesis Reggie Mantle, Cody Kearsley as Moose Mason, Daniel Yang as Dilton Doiley, Casey Scott as Kevin Keller, and Sarah Habel as Ms. Grundy.
Certainly, these new photos from Riverdale continue to tease a new take on the Archie comics from Berlanti and co-creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Big Love). Aguirre-Sacasa has described the series as “a little bit more like a teenage Twin Peaks,” according to THR, which is more apparent in this new photo of Archie and Fred and the official Comic-Con poster for Riverdale.
Though we knew Riverdale would be making big changes to the Archie Comics characters, the comparison to Twin Peaks may sound odd to long-time readers of Archie Andrews and his Riverdale friends. Still, many viewers have little to go on in regards to Riverdale, since only a handful of images have been released thus far. So, it remains to be seen what the general response is to Riverdale once a first trailer is debuted – or the show premieres in its midseason slot.
Riverdale is slated to premiere on The CW in the midseason of 2016-2017.