Netflix announced the official cast for its upcoming musical drama. The Archis.
Set in India in the 1960s, The Archis will premiere exclusively on Netflix and will feature an ensemble cast of newcomers, Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan, Yuvraj Menda, Agastya Nanda and Vedang Raina, who will play what are believed to be iconic characters from Archie Comics such as Archie, Betty, Veronica and Banghead. Netflix has also released a short video introducing each actor in the upcoming film.
The Archis was announced in November 2021 and will be directed by Zoya Akhtar, who will also write the film alongside Reema Kagti and Ayesha Devitre. Produced by Tiger Baby Films, The Archis is a collaboration between Archie Comics and Graphic India and will bring the classic band to India in a story described as “teeming with youth, rebellion, friendships, first loves and all young adulthood”. As a live-action musical drama The Archis also includes a music track by Ankur Tiwari and the islanders.
“I’m super excited to have the chance to bring The Archies to life. It was a big part of my childhood and adolescence,” Ahktar said in a written statement at the time The Archis got introduced. “The characters are iconic and loved around the world, which is why I’m a little nervous. 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 is based on the popular Archie comics first published in 1941 and created by publisher John Goldwater, artist Bob Montana and writer Vic Bloom. “It is with great pride that the characters and stories of Archie Comics have resonated with fans around the world, and particularly in India, for more than 50 years,” said Jon Goldwater, CEO and publisher of Archie Comics The Archis.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Netflix and have faith in Zoya Akhtar and her creative team to deliver a truly unique and exciting take on Archie and friends through the lens of Indian cinema,” he continued. “We know these characters have global appeal, and their translation into other settings and cultures is just the beginning of what we have planned for future multimedia adaptations.”
No further plot details were revealed The Archiswhich has no release date yet but will be available exclusively on Netflix sometime in 2023.
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