The Archies, inspired by the beloved American comics of the same name, is ready to premiere on OTT soon. In a recent interview with Vogue, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar discussed the challenges she faced while working with newcomers on the Archies. She shared, “The challenge was that they were completely raw. So, you have to do a complete boot camp. You have to prep them for various reasons. One is, you want your characters to be who you want them to be, you want to co-create something with the actor. You want them to be comfortable when they hit the scene because it’s overwhelming to have 200 people on a set, you have a camera in your face and you have to perform when everyone keeps quiet and you have to perform when the word action is said, it’s daunting.”
Coming to Netflix on December 7, the film explores friendship, freedom, love, heartbreak, and rebellion through the lives of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, Ethel, and Dilton. The story is set in the fictional town of Riverdale, nestled in the hills.
For the unversed, the Archies marks the debut of Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan, Boney Kapoor’s daughter Kushi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson Agastya Nanda. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar had earlier shared, “I am super excited to have the chance to bring The Archies to life. It was a large part of my childhood and teenage years. The characters are iconic and globally loved, which is also why I am a little nervous.”