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Casting: Molly Ringwald returns to Riverdale; key adds for Stephen King's The Outsider, Locke & Key, and Batwoman

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Jan 25, 2019, 4:57 PM EST

Molly Ringwald returns to Riverdale while HBO's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Outsider gets its cast and Locke & Key adds to its ever-growing cast in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s casting roundup.

First up, Molly Ringwald has confirmed on the PeopleTV show Couch Surfing that she will indeed return to Riverdale this season — although she was unable to provide any salient details (despite the host’s pleadings).

“I haven’t read the script yet,” the actress said. “I just know I’m coming back.”

Well, fair enough. Ringwald plays Archie’s mother Mary Andrews on the series.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

(Via PeopleTV)

Next, The Outsider, HBO's upcoming 10-episode limited series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, has landed its cast.

Representatives from HBO confirmed Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Bill Camp (The Looming Tower), Mare Winningham (George Wallace), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Yul Vázquez (I Am The Night), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), and Marc Menchaca (Ozark) have been cast as series regulars. Meanwhile, Hettienne Park (Hannibal) and Michael Esper (Trust) are set to recur opposite Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Ready Player One) in the series.

Erivo will play Holly Gibney, while Camp plays Howie Gold, Winningham is Jeannie Anderson, Considine will portray Claude Bolton, Nicholson is Mercy Maitland, Vázquez plays Yunis Sablo, Bobb portrays Alec Pelley, and Menchaca will play Jack Hoskins. Park and Esper will recur as Tomika Collins and Bill Samuels, respectively.

In The Outsider, Mendelsohn stars as Ralph Anderson, a police detective in a small Oklahoma city investigating the gruesome murder of a local boy, which leads him to question everything he believes to be real as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.

Sherri Saum

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Meanwhile, Locke & Key has locked down another actor to play a key role in Netflix’s upcoming series based on Joe Hill's dark fantasy comic (yes, that's Stephen King's son). No, we’re not sorry for that wordplay. And no, we’re not going to apologize for it, either.

Per TVLine, which first broke the news, Sherri Saum will play Ellie Whedon, a teacher at Matheson Academy who has a history with the Locke family. Saum is best known for her role as Lena Adams Foster in the Freeform drama series The Fosters.

This casting news follows the announcement in December that Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones were cast as siblings Tyler and Kinsey Locke, respectively. Jackson Robert Scott (It) plays their younger brother Bode Locke.

Netflix picked up a 10-episode order for Locke & Key four months after Hulu passed on a series order. The series follows three siblings who move to Massachusetts after the murder of their father, where they learn that their new home hosts a set of magical keys, each of which gives the children a different ability. The problem, though, is that a demon also wants those keys, and will do whatever it takes to get them.

Netflix has not yet revealed a release date for Locke & Key.

(Via TVLine)

Finally, Deadline has reported that The CW has filled three main roles for its upcoming Batwoman pilot.

Teen Wolf's Meagan Tandy will play Sophie Moore, a high-level private security agent who became one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors.

Camrus Johnson, who had a bit part as Torre on Marvel's Luke Cage, will portray Luke Fox, the son of Wayne’s R&D director Lucius Fox. While he's something of a Batman loyalist, he understands Gotham's need for a new caped crusader in his absence.

Rounding things out are Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton, Batwoman/Kate Kane’s stepsister, and polar opposite. As someone who looks out for the city's underserved communities, she has more in common with her step-sibling than it appears.

All three will star alongside Ruby Rose as the title character, who first appeared in The CW's Elseworld's crossover event late last year.

(via Deadline)