Back in season one/two, Lucy Hale was a self professed Riverdale fan and even responded to rumors that she'd be joining the cast of the show.
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Me: "I've got a million things to get done."— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) July 7, 2017
Me: "let me go do the quiz that tells me which Riverdale character I am"
Also , there’s a rumor I’m joining Riverdale. Not true. Love the show, but not true 🤷🏻♀️— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) May 15, 2018
And now, after both showrunners of the Katy Keene spinoff (Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi) and the director of the pilot (Maggie Kiley) have followed Hale on Instagram with a mutual followback, her casting as the titular Katy Keene has been announced. Katy Keene is described as a big-hearted, independent gal living in NYC with aspirations of becoming a fashion designer. Until then she works as a personal shopper at a luxury department store.
She's also recently dyed her hair back to black on the eve of filming for the pilot.
She leads a cast of Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge "Ginger" Lopez, Julia Chan as Pepper Smith, and Camille Hyde and Lucien Laviscount as Alexandra and Alexander Cabot.
Compared to its sister shows, Katy Keene is supposedly just about four friends trying to find love and success in New York City. It's also set in the future aka it does not take place at the same time as Riverdale.
The teenagers of Riverdale will get to do an actual teen activity in an upcoming prom related episode. It seems to be medieval themed which fits with all the weird G&G roleplay fever that took over the school
Drove by. Tons of Riverdale extras in cloaks. All on the school grounds from what I saw. Which is probably good. Can't imagine the cast is up to meeting fans right now. pic.twitter.com/XxE7mg3sjy— YVRShoots (@yvrshoots) March 8, 2019
Jordan Connor and Tiera Skovbye are in the music video for indie Canadian singer Royal's song "VESSEL”. So like a Sweet Pea/Polly AU type thing