(NEW YORK) — The Boy Meets World spinoff has found its girl.
A Disney Channel representative confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard has been cast to play the daughter of Cory and Topanga in the Girl Meets World pilot, which is set to begin production next month. Blanchard’s previous credits include Spy Kids: All The Time in the World 4D and The Back-up Plan.
As previously reported, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have signed on to reprise their Boy Meets World roles for the pilot, which finds the childhood sweethearts grown up and raising their teenage daughter.
Executive producer Michael Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly that Blanchard channels the same charisma as her TV dad. “As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” he said. “Rowan is real and accessible, and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
Interest in Blanchard is spiking — she’s more than doubled her Twitter followers (over 9,300 as of Tuesday afternoon) since the casting announcement was made.
While some of the Boy Meets World gang is getting back together, Rider Strong, who played Cory’s best friend Shawn Hunter, isn’t involved in the spinoff — for now.
“There might be a chance to see some of the BMW cast in a guest spot, and I think it would be nice to find out where our characters have been all these years,” he wrote on his blog in November. “But Girl Meets World will be, and I think it should be, it’s own show. It will be about Cory and Topanga, their daughter, and a new set of characters.”
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications
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