Richard Coyle to Play Father Blackwood on Netflix’s Sabrina Series


Richard Coyle has been cast as Father Blackwood on Netflix's Sabrina the Teenage Witch series

Richard Coyle has been cast as Father Blackwood on Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch series

Richard Coyle (The Collection) has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series based on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, according to Deadline. He joins a cast that includes Kiernan Shipka, Michelle Gomez and Miranda Otto. Richard Coyle will play Father Blackwood, the High Priest of the Church of Night and the Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts. “Ruthless and ambitious, Blackwood hides a terrifying dark agenda that will put him in direct conflict with Sabrina (Shipka) and other members of the coven.”

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.

Richard Coyle has been seen in The CollectionPrince of Persia: The Sands of TimeGrabbers and A Good Year.

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