When it comes to sexuality, this upcoming contemporary Archie spin won’t honor the original comics.
Actor Cole Sprouse will play Jughead in The CW’s upcoming show “Riverdale,” based on the original Archie comics. He told Hollywood Life that he wanted his character to be asexual in the series to match the latest comic reboot — but that won’t be the case.
“Asexuality is not one of those things in my research that is so understood at face value and I think maybe the development of that narrative could also be something very interesting and very unique and still resonate with people, and not step on anyone’s toes,” the actor said. “I think sexuality especially is one of those fluid things where often times we find who we are through certain things that happen in our lives,”
Ultimately, he had to acknowledge that he wasn’t in the position to make that call.
“I come from an educational environment that really praises, as do I, the forms of representation that are otherwise lacking in our public media. But at the end of the day, I still had to do my job,” he said.
Regardless, he still wants to keep “fighting for this pretty heavily.”
The decision to make food-loving Jughead asexual came from writers Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson after they were tasked with the Archie reboot.
“There have been iterations of Jughead over the decades where he has been interested in girls, so there's room to play around if someone was inclined,” said Zdarsky. “For me though, I like an asexual Jughead. That's more interesting to me than writing him as just being behind everyone developmentally."
“Riverdale” premiers on the CW on Jan. 26.