The cast of Netflix’s upcoming Sabrina series is building its casting rapidly. We know who’ll star as Sabrina and her best friend, and now we know who’ll be starring as Aunt Hilda and Zelda.
While the original series saw Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea as Aunt Zelda and Hilda, respectively, this new, much darker series is looking elsewhere for their cast. Netflix has announced that Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Homeland) will portray Aunt Zelda and Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda.
In the Nickelodeon series, Zelda was a much more stern-but-loving guardian, Hilda on the other hand was a much more easy-going, fun, and mischievous, however reports suggest the two will be played very differently in the new series. According to TV Line: “Proud and devout, Zelda believes there is no greater honor than serving the Dark Lord as a member of the Church of Night. She is the family’s disciplinarian, fiercely protective of Sabrina and very much Cain to Hilda’s Abel.”
As for Hilda Deadline reports that: “More nurturing than Zelda, Hilda’s motherly nature and warm sense of humor belie a wicked, ghoulish streak. She is as adept at brewing spite jars against her family’s enemies as she is at concocting love potions for the students at Baxter High.”
More recently however Netflix has revealed that Richard Coyle (The Collection) taking the role of Father Blackwood. Now, Father Blackwood is a character that appears in the Archie Comics version of Sabrina, and not in the Nickelodeon series. He’s the High Priest of the Church of Night and Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts and will be the main antagonist in the upcoming Sabrina series.