EXCLUSIVE: Former Beverly Hills, 90210 resident Luke Perry is moving to a new zip code. Perry has been tapped for a co-starring role in Riverdale, the CW pilot from producer Greg Berlanti based on the Archie Comics characters.
Set in present time, Riverdale is a 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.
Perry will play Archie’s dad Fred Andrews, who is clearly getting a makeover for the TV series. Usually easygoing, Fred Andrews is the owner of a construction firm who is hoping his son, who worked for him all summer, will someday take over the family business.
Perry joins previously cast Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, wrote Riverdale and is executive producing with Berlanti Prods.’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter as well as Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater for Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Productions.
Perry, whose series credits also include Oz, John From Cincinnati and Body Of Proof, is repped by TalentWorks and Himber Entertainment.