Cole Sprouse was meant to play Archie in 'Riverdale' and we're shook

Wait, what?!

It’s hard to imagine Cole Sprouse as anything other than the adorably awkward Jughead on Riverdale, which is why we were legit shocked to learn he was originally asked to audition for KJ Apa’s character, Archie.

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In fact, it was Jughead’s characterisation as an outcast that made him keen to get involved with the show.

“He’s very much an outsider,” he spilled to WWD. “He has a pretty unique perspective because he’s seeing the town... and the friendships that are forming from a more objective point of view. He eavesdrops, he listens, he’s the guy with the camera, snooping, sleuthing, and in that way, he’s distanced himself from a lot of the people in the town, through his own fear of being vulnerable and his inability to cope with people.”

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After finishing his stint on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alongside his twin bro Dylan , Cole’s original plan was to complete his studies in archaeological sciences at college before ‘fading out’ of the limelight.

Even after he read the script for Riverdale, the 23-year-old babe even says he wasn’t initially interested.

“At first when I received the script for the Archie show, I was immediately turned off,” he says. “But in more recent years, Archie comics have tried to stray away from the ‘golly, shucks Arch, let’s go to the sock hop’ thing,” he said, adding, "Disney is… a very specific kind of acting. It’s loud and boisterous with the goal to draw the attention of children and keep the attention of children, and it can kind of be cheesy and loud, and I had to unpack a lot of that because... you basically become a character.”

“But it feels good — this is a little more on my pace. It feels brand new again.”

We're so glad he's apart of the Riverdale fam, mostly 'cos we couldn't deal with a world without the ~bromance~ goals that are Cole and KJ.