The ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ theme song went “Everything is not what it seems,” and perhaps that’s true when it comes to rampant internet rumors. Recently, buzz emerged that former Disney star/pop singer Selena Gomez had been cast in the title role for Netflix’s upcoming ‘Sabrina’/’The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ from the crew behind The CW’s hit ‘Riverdale’ and likewise based on an Archie Comics concept. But sadly, Gomez appeared on BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show and said this was news to her.
“I love that! That’s new information for me. No, that’s a rumor. I’ve done my magic enough.”
For four seasons plus one TV movie, Gomez played wizard-in-training Alex Russo on ‘The Wizards of Waverly Place’. Even though this was essentially her “big break,” it seems that that was enough sorcery for her. In more recent years, she has experimented with edgier fare like the films ‘Spring Breakers’, ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’. She also executive produced the hit Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’. She remains connected to her younger-skewing roots however, voicing Mavis in the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ movies, including the upcoming ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’. She has also racked up a string of Top 40 pop hits, including her recent collaboration with Marshmello, ‘Wolves’. She was recently named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year.
Another former Disney star, Dove Cameron (‘Liv & Maddie’, ‘Descendants’) posted a picture of the comic book Sabrina on her Instagram, leading to rumors that she was in talks to play the role, but no further news has surfaced regarding that.
‘Sabrina’/’The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (the title has not yet been confirmed) was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who will serve as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater, Lee Toland Krieger and Sarah Schechter. Aguirre-Sacasa is also the series’ showrunner. Netflix ordered two seasons of ‘Sabrina’, comprised of twenty episodes. Casting is currently underway, with production set to begin in February and wrap in October.
Would Gomez have made a good Teenage Witch? Or should the star be someone more unknown?