Riverdale‘s Sabrina the Teenage Witch Spin-Off Character Descriptions Include New LGBTQ+ Character
Ever since we found out that a Riverdale companion show/reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch was on its way to Netflix — with two seasons confirmed — we've been scouring the web trying to get any information we can about the upcoming show that's pretty much guaranteed to be a smash hit. The more details we learn about the spin-off, the more we realize how amazing it's going to be.
The Riverdale and future Sabrina showrunner has finally given us some long-awaited details about the show — including some eerie concept art. If the reboot will be anything like Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s IG post, then it's going to be dark AF.
The photo sees a dark figure (who we're assuming is Sabrina) in the woods, surrounded by trees a dark shadows. The pic is labeled “Woods Vision Concept,” which can only mean that the person can tap into their clairvoyant abilities. Very interesting, huh? We think so.
“First concept art for #sabrina is coming in and looks FANTASTIC & chilling. Thrilled to be working with @Malicebot,” Roberto wrote alongside the sneak peak.
Fantastic and chilling are definitely two words to describe the art. Although the finished product doesn't always look exactly like the concept art, we're pretty sure that the showrunners want it to be dark like Riverdale. After all, there's a reason the show landed on Netflix and not The CW. Writers and producers will have an easier time in terms of creativity.
According to Deadline, the new series “finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”
Sabrina's aunts, Hilda and Zelda, will also appear in the reboot. In the newly released character descriptions, Hilda is described as “the kinder of the two,” while Zelda’s “sternness and tough facade might be hiding a more…mothering soul.” Sadly, there has been no mention of Sabrina's talking cat, Salem and we're fully planning a boycott if the sassy feline doesn't have a starring role.
However what we're really excited about is that the show will reportedly introduce Sabrina’s cousin, Ambrose Spellman. He's male, in his “early 20s” and of “African American or East Indian, British” decent. He is also said to be a series regular and, “he is witty, puckish, pan-sexual—and loves being a witch.” For those of you unfamiliar with the term “pan-sexual,” it's essentially someone who likes people for who they are and doesn't necessarily see gender as a factor when choosing a partner. Very cool.
As of right now, we can't see any similarities between the spin-off and the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which aired on ABC from 1996-2003. It starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, a lovable teenage witch who discovers her magical powers when she turns sixteen.
The reboot will be more like the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics, which was terrifying in comparison to the '90s sitcom, which many consider a comedy. We can't say we didn't love the sitcom, however, the promise of a dark version – like Riverdale – has us very excited.
There's no confirmation on the show's release date, but Netflix has already ordered two seasons, with 10 episodes each. As for who will star as Sabrina, that also remains unknown. However, fans have expressed their desire to see Dove Cameron land the role and there were even talks of Selena Gomez taking on the iconic part. Unfortunately, SelGo denied that piece of gossip.
We're just keeping our fingers crossed that they do a Riverdale/Sabrina crossover!