It turns out that while Riverdale will be doing a musical episode based on the characters performing an adaptation of Stephen King‘s Carrie, one actor in particular will not be singing. TVLine is reporting that Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones, will not sing by his own choice.
The episode is planned for April 18th, and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained that they knew going in that Sprouse was not a fan of the genre.
“Cole and I talked about it a while ago, and I said, ‘How do you feel about musicals?’ At that time, we were going to do Little Shop of Horrors. And he basically said, ‘Listen, I never sang for Disney. It would take a lot.'”
Sprouse grew up a Disney Channel star on the Suite Life of Zack & Cody, where he worked with his twin brother Dylan.
Aguirre-Sacasa wasn’t upset by the choice, believing it fits in with Jughead’s character:
“When we really thought about the character of Jughead, he felt like the one character who probably wouldn’t be in the school musical… when you see the episode, he’s very much an integral part of it, and he’s doing something quintessentially Jughead during the musical. Except he doesn’t sing.”
It’s not just a matter of him not wanting to sing just on the show, either. Aguirre-Sacasa tells of the season 1 wrap party for Riverdale that involved:
“…some tiki bar that had a stage, and the bulk of the party was the entire cast and crew [doing] a variety show. So literally every cast member sang but Cole. Every parent, every kid, every crew member sang… except for Cole. So it was like, ‘OK, got it.'”
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.