Ladies and gentlemen, meet Riverdale‘s big man on campus.
K.J. Apa, who hails from New Zealand, has been cast as Archie in The CW’s Riverdale pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.
The potential series from Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Looking), is described as a “subversive” take on the famous characters and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
The 18-year-old actor will play the potential series’ lead character, a “conflicted” high school sophomore who has recently bulked up (thanks, summer construction work!) and is interested in 1) girls and 2) writing and performing music, much to the chagrin of his dad (played by Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Luke Perry) and football coach.
Apa is best known for appearing on the New Zealand soap Shortland Street.
Newcomer Ashleigh Murray also was cast as Josie — of the Josie and the Pussycats comics — who is incredibly driven and completely disinterested in recording any song Archie pens.
Also on Wednesday, per Deadline, Riverdale added newcomer Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, a rich redhead and mean girl whose twin brother died in a mysterious accident.
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