“From a distance it presents itself like so many other small towns all over the the world, safe, decent, innocent. Get closer though, and you start seeing the shadows underneath.” Those are the first words audiences hear from the dark and twisted trailer for the CW’s new show, “Riverdale.”
Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, the drama is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
In the first trailer, fans get introduced to a handful of its characters and a murder that has recently taken place. You can watch it by clicking here.
There currently is no release date, but the network is expecting to premiere the series in 2017.
Here’s the official description of the show:
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps — despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats.
It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves — which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back.
When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, the new series is executive produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. The drama also co-stars Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Camila Mendes, Marisol Nichols and Robin Givens just joined the cast as Mayor Sierra McCoy.
“Riverdale” will premiere midseason on The CW. Click here to watch the trailer.