Hot on the heels of the casting of Veronica’s mom, Deadline is reporting that The CW has found a mother for Betty as well. According to the outlet, Madchen Amick (“Witches of East End“, “American Horror Story: Hotel“) has been cast as ‘Alice Cooper‘. No word on whether or not Greg Berlanti feels that he is worthy. She is the latest addition to their pilot for “Riverdale“, a TV series adaptation of the current popular revival of “Archie Comics“.
Set in present time, Riverdale is a subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Amick’s Cooper is editor of the local paper, described as a steely perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughter, Betty (Reinhart).
Amick joins a cast that already includes KJ Apa as ‘Archie Andrews’, Lili Reinhart as ‘Betty Cooper’, Cole Sprouse as ‘Jughead Jones’, Camila Mendes as ‘Veronica Lodge’, Madelaine Petsch as ‘Cheryl Blossom’, Ashleigh Murray as ‘Josie’, Marisol Nichols as ‘Hermione Lodge’, and Luke Perry as ‘Fred Andrews’. The series will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. Should it get the official greenlight (there are rumors that it already has), it will begin airing this fall on The CW, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the source material.