Lucy Hale just added another role to her growing resume. The Pretty Little Liars alum is set to play the new lead in the upcoming Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene. The CW just ordered a pilot for the series, which centers on four characters from the Archie Comics who are trying to start a career on Broadway.
The new role comes a year after Hale’s other series, Life Sentence, was canceled after its first season. The actress will play the part of Kate Keene in the musical drama, which takes place about a year following the events in Riverdale’s latest season.
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According to Entertainment Weekly, Katy is characterized as a young woman in her twenties who is looking to make it big in New York City as a fashion designer.
Michael Grassi and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are writing the spin-off, while Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater, and Sarah Schechter are helping them with executive producer duties.
Apart from Katy, the spin-off will introduce two exciting characters from the comics in Jorge/Ginger Lopez and Pepper Smith. Julia Chan, who starred in Saving Hope, is playing the part of Pepper, while Jonny Beauchamp, from Penny Dreadful, will play Jorge.
The upcoming spin-off is the second of its kind for Riverdale. Netflix released the show’s first spin-off, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a series that was originally created by The CW.
Sabrina and Riverdale have enjoyed a few crossover moments, and it is unclear if we will see the same from the newest series.
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The CW recently announced that Katy Keene will premiere sometime this fall or the early spring of 2020. That is, of course, assuming that The CW orders a full season after executives review the pilot episode.
Until then, fans can watch Season 3 of Riverdale Wednesday nights on The CW.