Charles Melton Cast Riverdale Season 2 Reggie

Meet Riverdale's New Reggie — Plus: Ross Butler Endorses Recast

Archie, you have a new archrival.

The CW’s Riverdale has cast Charles Melton to play the role of Reggie, TVLine has learned exclusively. Melton, who will recur in Season 2, has previous TV credits on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel (as the womanizing Mr. Wu) and Fox’s Glee.

Melton takes over for Ross Butler, who played Reggie in Season 1. Reggie — a loudmouth bully who’s constantly in competition with Archie — is a core character in the original comics, but he was rarely seen on Riverdale due to Butler’s busy schedule. Butler is a series regular on Netflix’s teen drama 13 Reasons Why, and with that show getting a Season 2 renewal, Riverdale was forced to search for a new Reggie.

“We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked,” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine last month when the recasting was first announced.

Butler endorsed the casting of Melton in a video posted to Twitter on Friday, thanking the producers for choosing another Asian-American actor to replace him:

Are you looking forward to more Reggie in Season 2, Riverdale fans? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. Gospino says:

    Good luck with this part. Hope it gets fleshed out so that Reggie is not just basically a one-dimensional bully.

  2. Oh yes, Melton is a familiar name. Excited about this piece of casting news!

  3. JJ says:

    Glad they chose to cast an Asian actor again to play Reggie.

  4. Chris says:

    How come the w actor to play Reggie isn’t a series regular like the other one? Reggie is one of the main core characters in the Archie Comics!

    • Steveo says:

      Casting Butler as recurring kind of made sense, it just blew up in their face.

      Doing it AGAIN seems foolish.

    • pretendernx01 says:

      I think they assumed 13 Reasons was a one-and-done since it covered the whole book and Ross would be available more for season 2. That didn’t happen so they had to recast. We should see more of Reggie next year.

  5. Jared says:

    Would love to see Reggie even more in S2 as well as Kevin and Joaquin.

  6. Paul says:

    Thank God they kept him Asian. It’s hard enough for me to accept recasts – it always feels weird – but at least they didn’t change his race.

  7. I can’t wait to see how the writer will develop Reggie Mantle when Charles Melton when the second season of Riverdale debut in the fall 2017.

  8. Christian says:

    Ross Butler’s role on 13 Reasons Why was tertiary at best. Unless they plan on significantly expanding the part next season, there’s no reason why he couldn’t do both.

  9. Dude says:

    Hello! He is even more attractive than Ross Butler. I’m on board.

  10. Dude says:

    Hello! He is even more attractive than Ross Butler. I’m on board.

  11. Paula says:

    Ross Butler is handsome.
    Charles Melton is breathtaking!
    I am shallow and don’t care who knows it.
    Totally on board with this recast!

  12. Smith says:

    Looking to see him show more side in the show. Goodluck

  13. Edric Hsu says:

    To be fair, the other Asian-ish actor who played Dilton Doiley was recast too after the first episode. Wonder why though. Hope to see more of that character next season too.

  14. mrmcgee says:

    But what about Moose? Won’t anyone think of Moose?!