Lucy Hale to Star in Riverdale Spinoff Pilot as Fashionista Katy Keene

Lucy Hale to Star in Riverdale Spinoff Pilot as Fashionista Katy Keene

Variety reports that the upcoming CW pilot Katy Keene, a spinoff of its acclaimed teen drama Riverdale, has found its titular star in Pretty Little Liars veteran Lucy Hale.

Lucy Hale announced that was cast as the lead role for the new spin-off series.

A "Riverdale" spinoff based on the Archie Comics character of the same name, "Katy Keene" follows the lives of four characters - including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene - as they chase dreams in New York City. There will be no back door pilot to establish the character of Katy either, due to the fact that there's a large time gap between the two shows. Katy is described as "a twentysomething New Yorker who aspires to be a fashion designer".

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In the meantime, she's stuck working as a much less glamorous personal shopper to make ends meet. Keene is a future fashion icon, and is joined by Riverdale's Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who moves to NY to try and pursue a singing career.

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Also in the cast with Hale and Murray: Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge/Ginger Lopez, a bodega worker by day, up and coming drag queen by night; Julia Chan as Pepper Smith, a rich "it girl" who may not actually be that rich; and Camille Hyde and Lucien Laviscount as Alexandra and Alexander Cabot, two powerful socialites who work at their father's record company.

As the Archie-verse expands, it's interesting that a character series hasn't been introduced yet which would provide a crossover opportunity with Riverdale. Television, Katy Keene is being written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, both of whom will executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. Before that, Hale made her debut as Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars.

Katy Keene marks the second CW show that Lucy Hale has starred in.

The 29-year-old actress previously worked with the network on the show Life Sentence.

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