This show can't come quickly enough.
We’ve been on a nostalgia trip ever since it was announced that Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be getting the reboot treatment and they’ve just announced their leading man. Casting Sabrina’s oblivious love interest Harvey Kinkle was always going to be a tall order and Netflix has found theirs in Ross Lynch.
Although Netflix is going a darker route with the Sabrina reboot, it seems as though their Harvey is going to be one of its small pillars of light as ‘the Prince Charming of this dark fairy tale’. They described him as ‘the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart’ which is already playing hard to our love of teen angst.
Ross is a Disney Channel alumni and is perhaps best known for his work on the House of Mouse’s Austin & Ally series, as well as starring in the light hearted comedy Teen Beach Movie. We don’t doubt he’ll be able to channel his new show’s dark, uneasy sensibilities though, as he’s also previously starred as serial killer Jeff Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer.
Ross announced the news on his Instagram, posting a snapshot of his new character from one of Sabrina‘s cartoon spinoffs.
He’ll be filling the shoes of Nate Richert, who previously played the role in the original live action Sabrina series.
While there’s no word yet as to when the Sabrina series is going to drop, Netflix has thrown its full weight behind it with a two season, twenty episode order. Based off the horror-filled run of Sabrina comics called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, it’s been described as a ‘dark coming of age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft’.
It’s also set in the same universe as our other obsession – CW’s Riverdale – so BRING ON THE CROSSOVERS. (That said Archie, stay the hell away from Sabrina.)
Ross is joined by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, who battles with her ‘dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit’. Wonder Woman’s Lucy Davis as Aunt Hilda and Homeland’s Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda will also be around to provide a helping hand.
To be honest, we’re just waiting to see who’s going to play everybody’s favourite sassy feline: Salem.