It’s been at least a couple of weeks since we’ve had any ripe Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot casting news, so it’s about time some more fell out of that tree.
The latest is that Ross Lynch has joined the show as Sabrina’s human boyfriend Harvey Kinkle. The character is described as the prince charming of a dark fairy tale. He’s the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, and is completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart.
The role was originally played by Nate Richert in the first live-action Sabrina The Teenage Witch series, and by Tobias Mehler in Tibor Takács’ 1996 film.
Lynch is best known for playing Austin Moon in the 2011-2016 Disney Channel original series Austin & Ally, and conversely Jeff Dahmer in 2017 film My Friend Dahmer.
The actor joins Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, Doctor Who‘s Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardell, Sabrina’s favourite teacher and mentor at Baxter High, Richard Coyle (The Collection) as Father Blackwood, the High Priest of the Church of Night and Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) and Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda respectively, and newcomer Chance Perdomo as Sabrina’s warlock cousin Ambrose Spellman, who has been placed under house arrest by the Witches Council and is forbidden from leaving the Spellman’s funeral home.
The new series will revolve around Sabrina’s origins. In the comics, the witch was born to a warlock father and a mortal mother before she was promised to Satan as an infant and was set to be placed in a coven to grow up with a group of other witches.
However, her mother didn’t want that life for her daughter and attempted to run away with her. When the escape plan inevitably failed, Sabrina was sent to Greendale (a neighbouring town to Riverdale) to live with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda.
According to Deadline, the Sabrina series will be “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Babyand The Exorcist,” and 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.”
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