Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies is one of the most talked about Netflix films this year, especially in India.
The cast might have more to do with that than the nostalgia surrounding the comics. From accusations of nepotism playing a bigger role in the casting process to hiring mostly lighter-skinned performers, this Akhtar flick has already faced plenty of backlash.
Nonetheless, this adaptation, which will be set in an Anglo-Indian hill station in 1964, might fill the Riverdale-shaped hole in the hearts of the hordes of viewers who tuned in, no matter how bonkers the storylines kept getting.
Fans of the Archie Comics universe can now look forward to a fresh take on their beloved characters. But before giving this upcoming musical film a shot, read on to find out more about it.
What is Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies about?
Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Riverdale, The Archies is a coming-of-age musical that explores the lives of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, Ethel Muggs, and Dilton Doiley.
Seen through the lens of the unique Anglo-Indian community, the film delves into themes of friendship, freedom, love, heartbreak, and rebellion. Just as their predecessors did, these Archies are set to make their musical mark.
Who is in the cast of Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies?
The cast of The Archies is comprised of several newcomers. Agastya Nanda is Archie Andrews, the charming and endearing teenage Casanova with a passion for music and a constant dilemma between his feelings for Betty and Veronica. Khushi Kapoor is Betty Cooper, the determined and kind girl next door who enjoys journaling and helping her family with their bookstore and baking.
Suhana Khan is Veronica Lodge, the confident, sassy, and rich girl in town who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. Vedang Raina is Reggie Mantle, the self-absorbed jokester of the gang with a secret crush on Veronica.
Mihir Ahuja plays Jughead Jones, Archie’s best friend and a foodie known for his witty and unconventional personality. Dot is Ethel Muggs, the underrated and eccentric hair stylist with a soft spot for Jughead. Yuvraj Menda portrays Dilton Doiley, the smartest and most fashionable teenager in Riverdale, with a hidden secret.
When is The Archies being released?
The Archies is all set to release on December 7th, 2023.
Is there a trailer for The Archies?
Netflix released the official trailer of The Archies on November 9th, 2023. You can watch it here: