In the upcoming flashback episode of Riverdale Season 3, titled “The Midnight Club”, the young stars of the popular CW series will be stepping in to play their characters’ respective parents when they were students at Riverdale High School during the early ’90s.
A set of photos released by Entertainment Weekly provide a first look at the previous generation of Bulldogs as they try to solve a mystery years before their children would be doing the same.
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The photos in question show off K.J. Apa rocking his natural hair color to play a young Fred Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Alice Cooper before she renounced her Southside roots, Cole Sprouse as former football star F.P. Jones, Camila Mendes as Hermione Gomez (soon to be Lodge), Ashleigh Murray as Sierra Samuels (now known to the town of Riverdale as Mayor Sierra McCoy) and Madelaine Petsch as a young Penelope Blossom.
It was also revealed by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa that the case Riverdale’s parents tried to crack in their youth is connected to Season 3’s main mystery, which revolves around a peculiar tabletop game.
“One of the things that the kids discover pretty early on is that the murder victims in the present were playing a game called Gryphons & Gargoyles, which is of course the Riverdale version of Dungeons & Dragons,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And what our kids in the present day discover is that their parents, when they were in high school, were also playing this game and there was a similar murder that happened in the past.”
Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper and young Alice, also commented on the episode, adding, “Young Alice is so different from the Alice that you see today. She’s not just this uptight, precocious, looks-down-upon-everyone teen — like she was a Serpent. So that gives her young personality a lot.”
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“The Midnight Club” is set to air on Wednesday, Nov. 7. In addition to the pictured cast members, the episode will also guest star Mark Consuelos’ son Michael Consuelos as a young Hiram Lodge, as well as Breakfast Club alum Anthony Michael Hall as Principal Featherhead.
Airing on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madeleine Petsch, Ashleigh Miller, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry.