The Archies drums up first trailer from Netflix

Set in India, The Archies is a live-action twist on the classic cartoon and will come to Netflix in November.

Netflix has released a new trailer for their feature film adaptation of The Archies, adding onto a sort of extended universe. Hopefully this take can fill the Jughead-sized hole Riverdale fans will have once that show concludes this year, although the tone is quite different…

Released during Netflix’s Tudum event, the trailer for The Archies is a nonstop bop, showcasing what looks to be a wealth of wonderfully choreographed dance sequences and hip costumes. As per Netflix: “You’ve seen them in comics, in books, and in Riverdale — but this time around, you’ll see them in India! Set in the 60’s, The Archies builds a world that’s both familiar and new.”

Interestingly, the core cast playing Archie, Betty and Veronica are all offspring of legends of the Indian film industry: Agastya Nanda is the son of Amitabh Bachchan, who very much looks like the Indian version of Ray Romano; Khushi Kapoor is the daughter of “first female superstar of Indian cinema” Sridevi; and Suhana Khan is the daughter of the prolific actor Shah Rukh Khan. Mihir Ahuja, Vedang Raina, Aditi Seigal, and Yuvraj Menda round out the cast.

In 1969, the fictional band The Archies (from the short-lived animated series The Archie Show) released the song “Sugar, Sugar”, which topped the Billboard charts and would be certified gold in the U.S., because the ‘60s were a time when a cartoon could have one of the most successful songs of the decade.

The Archies is the first time since 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats that an Archie Comics property has been given the life-action feature film treatment. The television series have fared much better, with success coming in the aforementioned Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which itself spawned three TV movies also starring Melissa Joan Hart.

Directed by Zoya Akhtar (the wonderful Gully Boy) and co-produced by her own Tiger Baby Films, The Archies grooves to Netflix on November 24th.

Are you looking forward to Netflix’s take on The Archies? Do you think Riverdale fans will check it out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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