'Riverdale': Mark Consuelos' lookalike son Michael to play young Hiram Lodge in season 3
Joining Michael in the much-talked-about flashback episode titled 'The Midnight Club' would be seasoned faces like KJ Apa as a young Fred and Lili Reinhart as young Alice
When 'Riverdale' returns with its much-awaited third season, fans can expect a couple of familiar Lodges!
In a recent update, it has been confirmed that the third season of the hit Netflix drama, loosely based on the long-running Archie comics series, will be moving forward with a flashback episode. It was also revealed that the role of young Hiram Lodge — Veronica's cunning and scheming father, played by Mark Consuelos — will be played by Michael, Mark Consuelos' lookalike son.
The confirmation comes on the heels of CW's July Comic Con panel where it was revealed that, in season 3, the series would shine the spotlight on the bunch of Riverdale parents in their high-school days. While the rest of the cast are supposed to be filing in the shoes of their on-screen parents, Michael, the 21-year-old son of actor Mark and TV show host Kelly Ripa, would be taking over the mantle as a young Hiram Lodge.
This is not Michael's first acting credit — having previously starred in a 2012 short film and voiced in Go, Diego, Go! — but having a Netflix role under his belt would definitely be a major kickstart for the youngster. Joining him in the much-talked-about flashback episode, titled 'The Midnight Club' (season 3 episode 4), however, would be seasoned faces like KJ Apa as a young Fred, Lili Reinhart as young Alice, and Camila Mendes in the role of a teenage Hermione Lodge.
“We are gonna learn about a really, really dark secret that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school", showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had teased earlier. Furthermore, the Riverdale parents might get even more attention if Aguirre-Sacasa has the freedom to follow up with a “bizarro episode where we follow the parents, and the kids are on the fringes."
"In Season 3, we’re in the place where we can do that,” the showrunner added.
In addition to 21-year-old Consuelos, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Penelope Ann Miller will also be joining the cast of the Netflix series as the district attorney Ms. Wright.
"At the end of season two, Archie Andrews was framed by Hiram Lodge for the murder of a Shadow Lake resident named Cassidy. The savvy, eloquent Ms. Wright is the prosecuting attorney in charge of handling Archie’s case. With a conviction in mind, she will weave together disparate moments of Archie’s young life to portray him as a dangerous, violent sociopath who is capable of committing a heinous crime," a glimpse of the upcoming season, as revealed by the producer, reads.
Riverdale returns to The CW for its third season on October 10 (Wednesdays 8/7c)."