If there was a Golden Globe for Best Facial Acting Without Dialogue, Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka would have swept the category in 2013 for the season six episode where Don Draper shows her the house in which he was raised.
It’s a stunning, subtle performance that shows a deeper understand of her father’s past plight — that’s the screenshot above — which all makes her the perfect actress to eye-roll at how lame Harvey is. Luckily, we aren’t the only ones who feel this way, as Archie Comics have announced that Shipka will star as Sabrina Spellman in an upcoming Netflix TV series.
Whereas the Melissa Joan Hart-helmed series was a lighter take on the series (it was a sitcom), this version will be dark and moody, and based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina graphic novel.
A synopsis explains: “An empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, Sabrina is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Intelligent, compassionate and brave to the point of recklessness, Sabrina is all that stands between us and the forces of darkness that threaten our world.
“This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.”
So, no wacky aunts then?
“We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her name was on everyone’s wish list.” said executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.”