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Miranda Otto confirmed for spellbinding new role

The Aussie is the latest addition to Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot.

By Stephanie Marinkovic
Netflix's Archie Comic universe has scored a huge drawcard in the form of Australian actress Miranda Otto.
The 50-year-old has been cast as Sabrina's sassy aunt, Zelda Spellman (previously played by Beth Broderick), in the upcoming reboot of 90s sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Described as "proud and devout", Miranda's character "is the family's disciplinarian, fiercely protective of Sabrina and very much Cain to Hilda's Abel."
Miranda's previous TV stint saw her play Rebecca Ingram in 24: Legacy.
The Aussie joins Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka in Melissa Joan Hart's former role as the titular character, and Lucy Davis as Caroline Rhea's Aunt Hilda.
Also joining the cast are The Vampire Diaries' Jaz Sinclair and Doctor Who's Michelle Gomez, to play Sabrina's best friend Rosalind and teacher, Mary Wardell, respectively.
The cast doesn't look like this anymore!
The reboot is based on the original comic series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabina. Following suit of sister-series, Riverdale, we can expect a much darker look into the origins of the young witch.
"[Sabrina] reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft," the show's description reads.
As for what else we can expect, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has left us no shortage of clues, teasing a new-look sinister Salem the cat and the possibility of Sabrina's love interest, Harvey Kinkle, returning.
We can't wait to see who is cast for that role!

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