It wasn’t long ago that news broke that The CW officially picked up the pilot episode for the live-action Riverdale television series based on the beloved Archie Comics characters. Now casting has begun and it has been announced who will be playing Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper.
Cole Sprouse, of Disney’s The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody, will be Jughead in the comic. Lili Reinhart will be playing Better.
The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.