‘Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale To Star As ‘Katy Keene’ In Riverdale Spin-Off Pilot
The CW ‘Riverdale’ spinoff(ish) pilot has found its ‘Katy Keene’, as ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale take the title character role.
‘Katy Keene’ is a musical dramedy centred on the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters, including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene and singer/songwriter Josie (of the Pussycats) McCoy (played by Ashleigh Murray), as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This story chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.
Hale takes the title role as the twenty-something New Yorker who aspires to be a fashion designer. When she’s not working as a personal shopper at a luxury department store, she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.
Whilst the character of Katy Keene hasn’t shown up in ‘Riverdale’ yet, there is some crossover potential should The CW pick up the series, especially with Ashleigh Murray’s Josie moving across from the main show. They missed out on the last planned Riverdale spinoff, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, which started out at the network, but was snapped up by Netflix who made it a massive hit. However, with the two being on Netflix and The CW, it rather squashed any crossover possibilities.
This isn’t the first time out on The CW for Lucy Hale, as she previously starred in ‘Life Sentence’, which the network unfortunately cancelled after 1 Season. She has filled her time since that starring in various movies, including a film version of the 70s/80s tv show ‘Fantasy Island’ with Michael Peña and Maggie Q. Hale is, of course, best known for her role as Aria in ‘Pretty Little Liars’.
‘Katy Keene’ comes ‘Riverdale’ creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and ‘Riverdale’ co-executive producer Michael Grassi. It is only a pilot at this stage, so may not go to series, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.