Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Movie?
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
It's October now, and everything's getting spookier. So this is the perfect time to turn to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Archie horror comic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. Chilling Adventures takes the characters and premise of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and recontextualizes it from silly comedy to gruesome supernatural horror.
Like the comic, the movie would take place in the 1960s, but I'm not interested in recreating what that time was actually like. Instead, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes the paranoia of the Cold War at its height and channels it to create a world where the veneer of conformity masks a vast underground society of witches who use real magic for insidious ends. A world in which the devil is real and a demon might steal your face and wear it as her own.
Anya Taylor-Joy as Sabrina
This isn't stunt casting. It's true that Taylor-Joy's breakthrough role was in The Witch, but she'd be a perfect Sabrina even if she had no prior witchcraft experience.
Melissa Joan Heart as Aunt Hilda
This, on the other hand, is absolutely stunt casting. Give her a brown wig and horned-rim glasses, and the Sabrina of the '90s will make a great Hilda.
Alyson Hannigan as Aunt Zelda
And of course once I'd cast Hart as Hilda, I figured Zelda should also be a TV witch from the '90s. Plus, Hannigan can do basically anything you throw at her.
Jake Johnson as Salem
I wanted a voice that doesn't sound like a cartoon cat voice, and Johnson brings that. He's also great at sarcasm, which even in this more serious world is Salem's primary means of communication.
Avan Jogia as Ambrose
Ambrose is Sabrina's dreamboat cousin, whose motives remain a bit mysterious. Jogia has the perfect look for that sort of thing.
Jordan Fisher as Harvey
Harvey's primary trait is being extremely good looking, which Fisher can certainly handle. It's a shame being so good looking doesn't work out better for Harvey.
Katharine Isabelle as Madam Satan
Isabelle is a horror veteran, more than capable of playing this embodiment of evil, and she'll look amazing with that Barbara Steele hair.
Ron Cephas Jones as the Devil
Maybe it's the beard he had in Luke Cage, but I think Jones would make a great devil. He'll only be seen very occasionally, but he casts his shadow over the whole story.
Elizabeth Banks as Sabrina's Mom
Nobody suffers more in this story than Diana Spellman. Casting a performer we know best from comedies will really drive that home.
Jon Hamm as Sabrina's Dad
This part is little more than a cameo, and there's nobody I'd rather see show up as a duplicitous midcentury father than Jon Hamm. With a beard.