The CW’s take on Nancy Drew is setting up the teenage sleuth to be the next Riverdale — though the mystery-solving Nancy Drew probably has more history of solving murders, unidentified ghost stories, and mysterious disappearance in her source material than straight-laced Archie Andrews ever did.
The trailer sets up an ominous town ghost story and introduces Nancy and her friends, including boyfriend Ned Nickerson, set up to be an ex-con in this series. Overall, the tone fits right in line with Riverdale: an eerie disappearance by a body of rushing water, a misfit group of teens, a mysterious small town swathed in fog and neon lights — there’s even a diner!
But a key difference is the focus on the supernatural, an element that some of the books indulged, though like Scooby-Doo, there was always a rational explanation.
Nancy Drew made her first appearance in 1930 and since then has been a staple of children’s literature and an American cultural icon. Created to be a female counterpart to the Hardy Boys, the Nancy Drew books were written by numerous ghost-writers under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene. The series has been through many iterations over the years, but continues to fill library shelves to this day.
Previous adaptations of the book series include a few live-action films, the latest of which premiered in March 2019, starring It’s Sophia Lillis. Previously in 2007, Emma Roberts took on the role. A 1995 TV series was cancelled midway through.
Newcomer Kennedy McCann takes on the iconic girl detective, with the Charmed reboot’s Leah Lewis as girl from the “wrong side of the tracks” George and Tunji Kasim as love interest Ned Nickerson.
Nancy Drew will debut in the fall on CW.