Mild chaos ensued when natural brunette KJ Apa was announced as taking the role of red-haired Archie in the live-action version of the Archie Comics, Riverdale.
“Why didn’t they pick a ginger actor to play Archie? Will the new Archie have red hair? What is happeniiiiiing?!?”
Luckily, thanks to a leaked sneak peek from set, our curiosity is put to rest. Our eyes can confirm that Archie will stay true to his red roots, with KJ Apa sporting a delightful ginger shade!
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) March 20, 2016
KJ Apa’s new red hair colour isn’t quite as light as Archie’s original shade, but considering that KJ Apa started out with dark brown hair, his likeness to the re-imagined Archie comics by Fiona Staples (above) is impressive!
Production on the pilot episode of Riverdale is currently under way, shooting in Vancouver, Canada. The live-action series promises to offer a bold, subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small-town life and focusing on the endless love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica.