“Girl Meets World,” the “Boy Meets World” spinoff series being helmed by original creator Michael Jacobs, already has much of its major casting in place. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are definitely reprising their roles as Cory and Topanga Matthews, while Rowan Blanchard will play their daughter Riley and Sabrina Carpenter will play her best friend Maya Fox.
But what about Cory’s best friend Shawn, played by Rider Strong, or his older brother Eric, played by Will Friedle? Though it’s seemed like they won’t be involved in the new series, Jacobs says in a new interview that he would love to have them in “Girl Meets World.”
“When Rider [Strong] said that he was not approached about being a part of the show, there actually was no official show,” Jacobs explains to The Hollywood Reporter. “[At the time] it was an idea that Gary Marsh, Adam Bonnett Corey Marsh, and the Disney Channel people called me up asking if I would be interested in doing this. It just got an official green light for pilot. I didn’t want to talk to everybody about something that was only a discussion. Then the world reacted and I got a bajillion phone calls.”
He continued, “Rider and Will Friedle and all of the cast said, ‘What is this? We thought we were done!’ We sat down with them and talked about what their roles on the show might be. Whoever wants to be part of this show will be and whoever wants to move on will. The most important thing is to see what the show is and then see what their part in it will be. Will Friedle said, ‘I will be at every taping.’ Everybody is quite attached to it. The bottom line is: Will Rider or Will be a cast member? Will they put in appearances? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.”
In addition, Jacobs clarified that Riley won’t necessarily be at the focus of every episode despite the fact the new series is titled “Girl Meets World.” Expect equal parts Topanga and Cory time because, according to Jacobs, they’re still kids at heart.
“You’re going to be seeing a lot of Riley Matthews because she’s the point of view of this show, but what influences her are all of the characters in her life. You are going to see very equal attention paid to Cory and Topanga and all of the other supporting cast,” he says. “‘Girl Meets World’ can be told on two levels: the coming of age of Riley Matthews and two parents who haven’t quite come of age themselves.”