Shangela Cast as “Ruthless” Drag Queen on “Riverdale” Spin-Off

Halleloo, "Katy Keene"!

Shangela is about to be all up on your TV screens.

No, the RuPaul’s Drag Race legend isn’t about to pop out of another box in the werk room, but she has been cast as a “ruthless” drag queen on the upcoming Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.
The Wrap reports that Shangela will play Devereaux, a rival of another New York queen, Ginger/Jorge Lopez, played by Jonny Beauchamp. “From internet personality to A-list drag queen,” reads Devereaux’s official description. “Her greatest talent is flaunting this wave of success. Her ruthless competitiveness is what keeps her on top.”

As NewNowNext previously reported, The CW’s midseason show stars Lucy Hale as Katy Keene. Drag performer Jorge Lopez, a.k.a. Ginger, is part of Katy’s circle of friends chasing glamorous dreams in New York City.

According to the show’s synopsis, “Jorge works at his family’s bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level.”

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Shangela is slated to appear during the first season in episode 106, but Digital Spy teases that she could return for future appearances. The Drag Race queen previously had roles in A Star Is Born and The X-Files.

Katy Keene doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but you can also check out Shangela in the upcoming HBO reality series We’re Here, set to debut this spring.

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