Why did Charles Melton replace Ross Butler on Riverdale? Exploring reason behind the mysterious recasting

Riverdale underwent a surprising cast change when Ross Butler, who played Reggie Mantle, had to choose between the comic book show and 13 Reasons Why, paving the way for Charles Melton's entrance.

Updated on Dec 02, 2023  |  11:54 AM IST |  475.8K
Ross Butler & Charles Melton

Riverdale burst onto the CW scene, becoming a highly anticipated show for comic fans and TV enthusiasts alike. Adapted from the popular Archie Comics, the series follows a group of teenagers navigating the challenges of high school in their small town. While adaptations often bring subtle changes to characters, both in looks and personalities, this didn't deter viewers from immersing themselves in the mysterious and thrilling world of Riverdale.

Why did Charles Melton replace Ross Butler on Riverdale? 

The show made its debut in 2017, introducing a cast of fresh faces, including the return of Disney Channel alum Cole Sprouse from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. The faithful recreation of the comics, combined with Sprouse's star power, pushed the show to massive success in its debut season.

As the second season rolled in, viewership skyrocketed by an impressive 67 percent from its debut, indicating the growing popularity of the series. Fans eagerly awaited the return of their favorite characters, only to discover a subtle switch – the replacement of a recurring character from the first season. 

Ross Butler, who portrayed Reggie Mantle, the frenemy of the lead character, faced a career-defining decision. A few months after Riverdale premiered, Butler was also part of the cast of the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why, intensifying the demand on his schedule. Balancing both shows with limited screen time became a challenge, forcing Butler to make a difficult choice. He opted to continue his role in 13 Reasons Why, citing a deeper connection with his character on that show.


Ross Butler

Charles Melton on playing Reggie Mantle in Riverdale

Charles Melton

Butler's departure led to the introduction of Charles Melton as the new Reggie Mantle. In an interview, Melton shared his approach to stepping into the role, emphasizing the opportunity to bring his own interpretation of the character. The replacement, though unusual, worked perfectly, and Melton took full advantage of the chance to make Reggie his own. 

Interestingly, in 2021, the two actors, Butler and Melton, found themselves sharing the Riverdale screen. Butler returned for a cameo appearance, reprising his role as an alternate Reggie in the sixth season's fifth episode.


When did Charles Melton appear in Riverdale?
Charles Melton appeared in the second season of Riverdale in 2017

Do Reggie and Veronica get back together in season 6?
No, Veronica broke up with Reggie in season 6

Did anyone from Riverdale dating in real life?
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton from Riverdale have dated in real life

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