Netflix's reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is taking shape with the newest addition to the cast. Ross Lynch is confirmed to take on the role of the boy-next-door Harvey Kinkle.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Reimagined
This new adaptation of the Archie Comics graphic novel titled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to be far darker than the original family-friendly sitcom.
Deadline describes the upcoming Netflix show as "a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft." Sabrina will struggle to adjust to her dual nature as half-witch and half-mortal while going up against evil forces.
Lynch plays the role of Harvey, Sabrina's boyfriend and the son of a coal miner.
Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka is already cast as the series lead Sabrina Spellman. According to ET Online, other stars who are confirmed for the show include Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Richard Coyle, and Bronson Pinchot.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch already has a 20-episode order from Netflix.
The breakout star of the original series Melissa Joan Hart shared her thoughts on the revival with Entertainment Weekly, saying she's "indifferent" about it.
"I think if they're doing it in a smart way - change it up, don't make it the same," she adds. "If you're going to do the same show, it would probably fall on its face, but I think what they're doing is probably the smartest way to reboot something."
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics chief creative officer, serves as executive producer and writer of the new series.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch also shares a number of senior personnel with another Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale, including executive producers Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater, and Sarah Schechter.
Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV are both associated with the production of the show.
Ross Lynch On Harvey Kinkle
Lynch, 22, is excited to take up the mantle of Harvey from Nate Richert, the actor who played the character in the original show. He quickly took to Twitter to share the good news, changing his profile photo to a cartoon image of the character.
Harvey Kinkle everybody. https://t.co/UOMT3C7P63 pic.twitter.com/G2FuoVB4sy — Ross Lynch (@RossLynch) March 15, 2018
Best known for his work in Disney's Austin & Ally, Lynch also had a memorable turn as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the 2017 film My Friend Dahmer. He is also a member of the band R5.