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Riverdale and Sabrina Crossover: Kiernan Shipka, Cole Sprouse Cast Together

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BY September 15, 2020

Before Netflix canceled the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, there were high hopes for a crossover between the show and Riverdale. Guess what, babies? You’re getting it! Uh, just not on the shows. (Thank goodness.)

Riverdale and Sabrina Crossover Coming in New, Unrelated Movie

riverdale sabrina crossover image via Netflix

As it happens, Riverdale‘s Cole Sprouse and Sabrina herself, Kiernan Shipka, will be starring in an upcoming movie. The film, Blood Ties, draws its inspiration from New Yorker writer Nathan Heller’s work. Specifically, it’s based on a real-life story that every true-crime aficionado should know.

But in case you’re still a true-crime Webelo or whatever, here’s the scoop. Back in 1985, someone killed Derek and Nancy Haysom. Derek’s bridge buddies arrived for a game and were surprised to find that no one answered the door. After another friend supplied a key, they entered and found the Virginia couple’s bodies in the home.

Pretty quickly, though, police zeroed in on a suspect. Actually, make that suspects. Police believed that Jens Söring killed the couple with help from his girlfriend, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Haysom, Derek and Nancy’s daughter. However, by that point, the couple had fled to England. London authorities ended up arresting them, though, for unrelated charges. That led to confessions, extradition, and eventual convictions for both Söring and Haysom. It also led to questions about whether the Virginia courts reached the right conclusion. And now it’s led to a movie.

Blood Ties Film Introduced at Toronto’s Film Market

riverdale sabrina crossover image via The CW

According to Deadline, Aaron Katz, whose most recent film was 2017’s Gemini, will write and direct the film. Sprouse will star as Söring, while Shipka is playing Lizzy Haysom. The film will also star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Loki) as Detective Reese Rezek, who investigates the murders.

It is unclear, though, when the film will go into production. Sprouse is currently filming season 5 of Riverdale, which will return in January 2021. The fourth and final part of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will drop on Netflix later this year.

Does this movie sound like something you’d be interested in seeing? Tell us on social media or in these comments.

featured image a composite via The CW and Netflix


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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