On May 14, Netflix announced the cast of its upcoming Indian adaptation of Archie Comics, titled The Archis. The identities of the central trio of young actors – believed to play Archie, Betty and Veronica – have been an open secret among Bollywood fans, and the lavish announcement video confirmed what many already knew.
Directed by Zoya Achtar, The Archis will star the descendants of Bollywood legends along with a handful of newcomers. Mihir Ahuja, Point., Yuvraj Menda and Vedang Raina will join Suhana Khan (the daughter of Shah Rukh Khan, maybe one of the most popular stars in the world), Khushi Kapoor (the daughter of the late screen icon Sridevi) and Agastya Nanda (grandsons of acting kings Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan).
The one and a half minute video, accompanied by the melodies of an original track by Ankur Tewariteases the film’s ’60s setting. The Archiswhich went into production last month was described as a “musical drama full of youth, rebellion, friendships and first loves”.
While the announcement video doesn’t identify who is playing who, the actors are in full costume, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for fans of the comics, or even the show, to connect the dots Riverdale. Nanda appears to be playing Archie while Khan appears as Veronica and Kapoor as Betty. A shot of Ahuja eating what is popularly known in India as a “Gupta Burger” suggests he is playing Jughead.
Akhtar has previously directed segments of the Netflix anthology films pleasure stories and ghost stories. But she is perhaps best known for the rap drama manhole boywho was selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars in 2019. She is also a co-creator and co-director of the International Emmy-nominated Amazon Prime Video series made in heaven. for The Archisshe reunites with her longtime creative partner Reema Kagtiwho will co-produce under their Tiger Baby Films banner.
She said she hopes the film “stokes nostalgia for the generation” that grew up with the characters. In her own words:
“I’m super excited to have the chance to bring The Archies to life. It was a big part of my childhood and youth. The characters are iconic and loved around the world, which is why I’m a bit nervous too. I have to make sure the film fuels the nostalgia of a generation that grew up with comics, while still resonating with today’s young adults.”
The Archis will be released on Netflix in 2023. You can watch the announcement video here and read the official synopsis below:
“A musical experience steeped in youth, rebellion, friendships, first love and all things young adult, yet promising to offer something for every generation. The film focuses on the iconic gang of The Archies and fits perfectly with the youthful energy, hope and excitement of the ’60s
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