Lucy Hale to Lead “Riverdale” Spin-Off

Lucy Hale. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (10054037at)

The CW’s Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene has found its lead. 

The Pretty Little Liars star, Lucy Hale, has been tapped to star as the lead of the eponymous series Katy Keene. The spinoff hails from Riverdale creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The spinoff follows the lives of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Hale) and singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) — as they chase their dreams in New York City. The musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.

Keene’s character is described as a twenty-something aspiring fashion designer. When she’s not working as a personal shopper at a luxury department store, she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.

The series is penned by exec producer Aguirre-Sacasa along with Michael Grassi. Maggie Kiley will direct the pilot.