Los Angeles—Hollywood is finally coming to Riverdale! After decades of being in the funny papers and on TV as both cartoons and live-action movies, the story of the love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica in Riverdale is finally finding its way to theaters.
Ron Howard’s production company, Imagine Entertainment, confirmed yesterday that they’ve finalized casting and a script to bring Archie and the gang to the big screen. And it’s going to be a star-studded affair, too.
Rihanna has been signed on to play Veronica, Katy Perry’s been cast as Betty, with Rupert Grint starring as Archie, Michael Cera as Jughead, Robert Pattinson as Reggie, Doug Brochu as Moose, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Dilton, Jane Lynch as Miss Grundy and Denzel Washington as Mr. Weatherbee.
The script has gone through a number of changes over the years, which has been the biggest stumbling block to getting the project started, according to sources. It’s gone from a teen love story to fighting a zombie invasion to a vision of Riverdale after the Apocalypse. But with “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody finally coming on board, the plot was toned down enough to fit within the normal stories found in the comic books.
With so much material to work from, Cody said that “really, the story wrote itself, without the need for Archie to find himself on a quest to destroy a powerful ring or fight an evil wizard/zombie/vampire.”
“There’s a great origin story there, and fans of the comics will be satisfied, and it can still attract new fans,” said producer Brian Grazer, adding his hope that this film will be the first of a series of Archie films. Grazer also confirmed long-rumored reports that his good friend and business partner Ron Howard had always wanted to play Archie in a film, but that directing the movie is “practically the next best thing.”