Ross Lynch will play Sabrina's boyfriend on Netflix's horror version of 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch'
Ross Lynch has joined the series as Harvey Kinkle, the doting boyfriend of the famous teenage witch, who, in the Netflix series, will be portrayed by Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka
Magic is needed in our lives, even if it's on television, and much to our excitement Netflix has guaranteed the reboot of the series 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch'. In January it was announced that 'Mad Men' alum Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina, (almost) everyone's favorite TV witch. The question of who will star as Harvey Kinkle, better known as Sabrina's boyfriend was yet another great anticipation, until now.
As Netflix seems to unveil the news on the reboot rather gradually, E! News reports that Ross Lynch is playing Harvey Kinkle. Lynch's name rewind to Disney's Teen Beach Movie franchise and also the channel's Austin & Ally series. The 22-year-old is a fresher face in Hollywood and was recently spotted portraying the role of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the film 'My Friend Dahmer'.
While other news of the reboot series is under wraps and the official title is still not known, it is revealed that Sabrina reimagining is being adapted from the Archie Comics' graphic 2014 comic book series 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'. This forthcoming series will certainly have a much darker storyline than the sweet and bubbly 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' of the late '90s and early 2000s.
According to E!, Harvey's official character description describes him as follows: "Sabrina's boyfriend. The prince charming of this dark fairy tale, Harvey is the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart."
This darker version of Sabrina series is bound to fall under the horror genre. The logline for the Netflix show is reported to read: “Reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation 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.”
Despite initially being set to premiere on the CW as a companion series to fellow Archie Comics property 'Riverdale', the upcoming Sabrina project switched gears after being reportedly offered a two season, 20 episode order from Netflix. CW president Mark Pedowitz spoke on the switch-up back in January:
“There was the opportunity that Warners had that Netflix made them a two-season offer. We understood that, and I wish Roberto and everybody really well as far as that goes. We have great development in Charmed and a number of other shows, so we’ll muddle through it.”
There were also rumors that the Sabrina character would first be introduced into the 'Riverdale' narrative before spinning off into its own series, due to a mentioning of Sabrina's hometown, Greendale in past episodes of the CW drama. 'Riverdale', which is also a darker glance to Archies, had earlier seen Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge appear minorly in the second issue of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic books. It is unclear whether that will actually happen now that the project has been moved to Netflix. Seemingly shutting down the notion of a crossover during his chat with EW, Pedowitz explained, “At the moment, there is no discussion about crossing over.”
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