Over the course of its three seasons, Riverdale has launched a slew of young actors. Although the show is far from over, the show's actors have already begun searching for other projects to continue their work during the offseason of the show. For the most part, these projects involve work in movies, which is much less time-consuming than trying to film a second show concurrently with their culty hit. All the show's actors aren't likely to be the next Anne Hathaway, but some of them could be. In order to get there, though, they have to put in the work.
Even as the show's young stars take on work, some of the show's veterans are also taking on projects, although far less frequently. The entire cast is ridiculously talented, so it makes sense that they're in high demand. The roles these stars take now could speak to what they'll try to do when Riverdale ends. Of course, the show's fans hope that ending is years and years in the future. Still, it's good to have a plan laid out.
K.J. Apa is set to star in this film, which is a thriller largely inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. K.J. is one of the lead actors in the film, but little else is known about the film's story or how it might connect to the bombing.
The film's director is Andrzej Bartkowiak, whose previous films include Doom and Romeo Must Die. Whatever shape the film ultimately takes, it's safe to say that K.J. will be able to take advantage of some of the action skills he's honed on Riverdale. Hopefully it's in service of a film worthy of his talents.
Hustlers seems like a perfect move for Lili Reinhart. The actress has always been good at playing the darkness and light inside Betty. As a stripper in Hustlers, which also stars Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Constance Wu, Lili's character cons rich men out of their money.
It sounds like a wild, fun movie, and its cast is only more reason to be excited about the project. The movie also suggests that Lili could have a bright future after Riverdale comes to an end. She's already lining up all-star projects. There's nowhere to go but up for her from here.
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Coyote Lake is a fascinating project. It's also the kind of movie we rarely see anymore. Camila Mendes stars as a 17-year-old girl who, along with her mother, runs a boarding house on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. In that house, they drug, rob, and drown unsuspecting human traffickers and drug mules who happen to stay the night.
Although this is done in part out of a sense of justice, Camila's character's mother is also looking to start a better life elsewhere. It's morally murky territory, which Camila is quite good at playing. Veronica is no angel, but we always find a reason to root for her because of Camila's performance.
I Still Believe is a faith-based film that will star K.J. Apa as Christian rock singer Jeremy Camp. The film is set to tell the singer's true story of love and loss, one that is based on the loss of his wife to ovarian cancer just months after the two of them were married.
The movie is also expected to detail Jeremy's rebellious teenage years in Indiana, and his relationship with his current wife, who he has three children with. Gary Sinise is set to play his father. The film will follow the success of other recent faith-based films, and K.J. seems perfectly positioned to take on the lead role.
On Riverdale, Casey Cott plays Kevin, a supporting character who nonetheless gets plenty of time to shine. In The Mascot, Casey will take on a remarkably similar role, but in very different circumstances. He plays the mascot of a college football team who puts on the uniform in search of redemption. Casey's character is an ex-QB, so it seems like the influence of Riverdale will carry over at least a little bit.
The movie is loosely based on director Matthew Perkins's own experience as a college mascot. The movie promises to be a light-hearted, joyous adventure, and a great chance for Casey to breakout as an actor.
Madelaine Petsch is set to star in this adaptation of an upcoming novel, Clare at 16. The film is a horror/comedy about a young girl who lives with her grandparents after being orphaned. Although she seems normal, Clare will go to great lengths to protect those she loves.
Madelaine is also executive producing the project, which means she'll have some say in the creative decisions that are made around the film. Although this film is still in pre-production, it could be a lot of gruesome fun when it's released. This could be one of the projects that gives her career legs after Riverdale.
All the Little Things We Kill sounds like a fascinating political story. The film follows a college professor who takes her students hostage in order to force the passage of a semi-automatic rifle ban. Honestly, the movie sounds so realistic it might actually be a little traumatizing.
Casey Cott is set to co-star in this project alongside Elizabeth Marvel and RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad fame. The film promises to be a gripping thriller that also has relevant overtones in our current moment. If it's executed well, it could be a movie well worth seeking out whenever it hits theaters or a streaming service.
Who doesn't love a great comedy? In Palm Springs, Camila Mendes stars alongside Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons. The movie will follows Cristin and Andy's characters in the aftermath of a wedding when neither one of them can escape the venue, or each other.
Camila is set to play the bride in the film, which seems like a crucial role, even if it will likely be a supporting one. Even so, getting roles in Andy Samberg movies is never going to be a bad thing for your career, especially when those roles are alongside an all-star cast that also includes an Oscar-winner.
Polaroid has already been released in Germany, but it has yet to make its debut in the U.S. The film follows a high school loner who discovers a vintage Polaroid camera, and quickly finds out that anyone photographed by it meets a terrible end.
Madelaine Petsch has a supporting role in the film. Not many details are known about the part she may play, but given the fact this movie is likely to have a fairly high body count, it's probably a good guess that she'll be one of the camera's victims. That may not be the case, though. Unless you know anyone in Germany, you'll have to wait to find out.
This TV movie starring Skeet Ulrich has a fairly intriguing plot. When a father and his two daughters stop at a hotel for a night, they have to solve a mystery before they're allowed to leave. It's a simple premise, but one that could be incredibly effective if it's handled well.
Although this movie is set to air on TV, it's unclear exactly where it will air or when just yet. Still, Skeet has had a long career in Hollywood, and he's played a lot of interesting, thought-provoking characters. FP may be one of his best creations, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be excited about Stay. After all, FP is a high bar.
Camila Mendes has already starred in one Netflix original film, and now she's set to star in another. In Windfall, Camila plays Katie, a young woman who abandons her dreams of being a doctor to support her husband's ambitions.
From there, the film centers on the couple's struggles to make a fulfilling life for themselves and each other. It sounds like a fascinating drama about the weight and costs of marriage. Windfall seems to be dealing with the kinds of issues that often plague very real marriages, and with Camila at the center of it, it could be quite good.
The Sun is Also a Star is already out but if you didn't know, now you do. The film stars Charles Melton as Daniel Bae, an exchange student who falls for a young quantum physics student named Natasha Kingsley, played by Yara Shahidi. Their relationship is complicated when Natasha's family is facing deportation.
In that way, the film resonates fairly strongly with our current political moment, and it also features two young stars who are on the rise in a big way. It's the kind of young teen romance, one based on a book, that could be an enormous hit if it proves to be as moving and tear-jerking as the movies it's based on.
We already know quite a bit about Katy Keene, which is a Riverdale spin-off set to take place in New York. What you may not know, though, is that Asheigh Murray is set to leave Riverdale in order to join this spin-off. She'll take Josie to New York, where Josie will attempt to launch a career as a musician.
This has felt for a long time like the natural progression for Josie. She can't stay in Riverdale and expect to become a hugely successful musician. She was going to have to leave eventually, so at least this way we get to see where her story goes from here.
Valley Girl is actually a remake of a 1983 film of the same name, but this version is a musical adaptation of that film's story. Co-starring Ashleigh Murray, the film also stars Mae Whitman and Logan Paul. Following a pair of young lovers who defy expectations in order to stay with one another, the film will have an '80s soundtrack that is sure to be infectious.
Ashleigh's talents should be well-used in this project. Given her skills as a musician, she may be uniquely positioned to star in a wide variety of projects, including musicals. Hopefully, that leads her to a long and thoroughly fulfilling career.
Charles Melton is really lighting up the box office. Although it's only a supporting role, Charles is set to star in Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third movie in the Bad Boys franchise. Already, Charles is making the case for himself as a major Hollywood screen presence. He's about to be in a movie with Will Smith, after all.
The film is set to be released on January 17, 2020, and we may not know what roles Charles has in the film until then. Still, it's worth noting that he made the principal cast list, so he could have a significant supporting part.
Before his death, Luke Perry managed to finish filming for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Not much is known about that film, but we know that Luke plays a character named Scott Lancer, and that the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a famous actor and his stuntman, respectively.
The movie also connects in some way to the Charles Manson murders. Luke's role in the film may not be huge, but it will represent the last chance to see the actor on screen.