Miranda Otto has joined the Netflix series based on Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) has joined the upcoming Netflix series based on the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, according to Variety. Otto will play Zelda Spellman, Sabrina’s aunt. In the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, that ran from 1996-2003, the role was played by Beth Broderick. Zelda believes that the most important thing is to serve the Dark Lord as a member of the Church of Night.
Sabrina is based on the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Now that the two shows are on different networks, It remains to be seen if there will be any formal association between Riverdale and the Sabrina series. The Chiling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series features brief appearances by Archie characters like Betty and Veronica, but it is primarily a self-contained narrative.
Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the adaptation (the comic book basis for which he also wrote) and will executive produce. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. No premiere date has been set for the series.
Miranda Otto is known for playing Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She’s appeared in War of the Worlds, The Thin Red Line, Homeland and Annabelle: Creation.
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