Riverdale is set to welcome Erinn Westbrook to the cast in season 5, where she’ll play a major role in the teen drama’s upcoming run.
The 29-year-old, who is perhaps best known for portraying Cheerios captain Bree on the hit show Glee, has been lined up to bring Tabitha Tate to life, the business-savvy granddaughter of Alvin Sanders’ Pop Tate.
According to Deadline, the character will arrive in town to pitch the idea of franchising her grandfather’s popular diner Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. But, as you might expect, there’s a little bit of friction in the family when it comes to the idea, causing Tabitha to stick around a while.
Westbrook has also appeared in shows such as The Resident, Insatiable and Jane the Virgin.
Throughout season five, which has already been confirmed to include a seven-year time jump, she will be joined on screen by KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge).
Just recently, existing cast members Vanessa Morgan and Bernadette Beck, who play Toni Topaz and Peaches ‘N Cream respectively, accused the Riverdale writers of sidelining Black characters.
“Tired of how Black people are portrayed in media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people,” Morgan wrote in a series of tweets earlier this year.
“Tired of us also being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.”
In response, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised “to do better” by the show’s minority actors and characters in future instalments.
“Change is happening and will continue to happen,” he said. “Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.
“All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to [Black Lives Matter LA], but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers’ room.”