“He was a father figure and a mentor of the young distribution of our series.”
If the death of Luke Perry hit all the elders of Beverly Hills, it has also caused an earthquake among the people of Riverdale. And for cause, it is in the teen series of the CW (broadcast in France on Netflix) that the actor of 52 years practiced his talent, when the drama happened. Perry played since the first season the role of Fred Andrews, the father of Archie, very present in the story. And of course, his sudden disappearance will cause some major changes in the scenario.
Riverdale has stopped its production as of yesterday, announces that the magazine Variety, and for a period as yet undetermined. The shooting does not resume for several days.
“We are deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Luke Perry. Beloved member of the family in Riverdale, Luke was everything we had hoped for a dedicated professional, in the heart gigantic and a true friend to all. Father Figure and mentor of the young distribution of our series, Luke was incredibly generous and it lit up the plateau of love and kindness. Our thoughts are with his family”, commented the executive producers of the series Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater in a joint statement.
The creator of Riverdale has also posted this message on social networks, very moving :
Of course, it is not yet known how the series will deal with the death of Luke Perry and the departure of the character of Fred Andrews. For the time being, it is especially for the members of the team to pay tribute to their comrade disappeared. Has the image of Molly Ringwald, who plays Mary Andrews, his wife on the screen : “My heart is broken. You’ll be so much to miss me”.
Lili Reinhart, Marisol Nichols or the authors of Riverdale have also delivered their sadness about the networks :