The well of ‘90s nostalgia is unending, my dudes. Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka is going to be the new Sabrina Spellman, which is an unexpected but perfect choice. The currently-untitled Sabrina Project reimagines the show that previously starred Melissa Joan Hart as a darker coming-of-age story that dabbles in horror and the occult. Considering the current popularity of witches, crystal, and saging…it sounds like the show has the potential to capture a millennial zeitgeist.
The show will be a companion of sorts to Riverdale and is expected to premiere later this year.
The showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of Shipka’s new role, “This is a darker more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.”
Both Riverdale and the untitled ‘Sabrina’ project are from Aguirre-Sacasa and are based on characters from Archie Comics. The role of Sabrina was previously filled by Melissa Joan Hart in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which ran as part of ABC’s TGIF lineup from 1996-2003. Shipka was last seen in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan as Bette Davis’s daughter B.D. Hyman.