Oh no! 26-year-old Ross Butler will no longer play Reggie Mantle on “Riverdale”.
TVLine has confirmed that The CW is recasting the role for the show’s 2nd season as the actor has commitments to other projects.
“We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie, but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked,” said “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
He continued, “We want more Reggie on our show — he’s Archie’s rival! — and because Ross is unavailable to come back to ‘Riverdale’, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.”
Upon hearing the news, many fans are wondering if the actor’s “other commitments” include the 2nd season of “13 Reasons Why”. For the unitiated, Butler plays Zach Dempsey in the Netflix hit. While Netflix has yet to announce the show’s renewal, insiders recently told The Hollywood Reporter that a writers’ room for season 2 has been up and running for a few weeks.
Besides that, Selena Gomez and Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah Baker, hinted that the series might come back in a previous interview. Even the book’s author, Jay Asher, said he would love to see it happen.
Who should replace Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle? Do you think “13 Reasons Why” is getting a 2nd season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!