K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews
One of pop culture's most recognizable gingers is decidedly not
one with the brunet Apa (best known for his run on New Zealand soap, Shortland Street
) in the role. Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also wrote the pilot, previously told TVInsider
, “Archie spent the summer working at his dad’s construction site company, and he got hot. So he shows up for sophomore year, and all the girls are like, ‘What happened to Archie over the summer?'”
In addition to his CW-level looks, Archie is "trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music—against the wishes of his father and his football coach."