The highly anticipated “Boy Meets World” spin-off, “Girl Meets World,” has finally cast Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley. Meet Rowan Blanchard, the actress who will play Riley Matthews in what is arguably the most beloved show that’s never even aired an episode yet.
Blanchard is best known for her role in “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” — yes, the movie with smell-o-vision.
“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” says executive producer Michael Jacobs to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Riley is described as “13 years old, indelible personality, an adorable girl on the cusp of
whatever comes next in life, and wanting to rush into it head first. She
is fiercely loyal to her friends, and spends most of her time juggling
the obstacles that life throws her way… there is no obstacle in this
girl’s world that can dampen her bright spirit and eternal optimism.”
Yet to be cast is Riley’s BFF, Maya — the Shawn to her Cory, if you will. Maya is “darker and less trusting” than Riley. She’s never known her father, and
even though she’s not a good student by any means, she looks to her
history teacher, Cory, as a father figure. She has an
“acerbic wit” and is “absolutely magnetic in attracting or
intimidating the people in her
sphere as she cares to. Dark and edgy, but just as fiercely loyal to
Riley as Riley is to her.”
Of course, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have already signed on to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga. The pilot will go into production in February, and if all goes well, we may see “Girl Meets World” on the Disney Channel’s schedule in the fall of 2013.