The pilot will be executive produced and written by Michael Jacobs, who served as executive producer of the original series, and it’s set to start shooting in February. There hasn’t been any official confirmation as to whether Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have signed on, but given her playful tweets and the fact that it’s moving forward, we can say the chances are very, very good.
In a flash-forward sequence in the original series, the show hinted that Cory and Topanga would have a daughter named “Beverly Glen” — but in “Girl Meets World,” we’ll instead be introduced to 13-year-old Riley Matthews.
Here’s how she’s described in the official casting breakdown: “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.”
Sounds pretty good, right? In the series, Cory and Topanga also have a 14-year-old son, Elliot, who is a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to bossing his kid sister around.
Oh — and did we mention that Cory is a seventh grade history teacher? Specifically, Riley’s seventh grade history teacher. We always knew he’d follow in Mr. Feeny’s footsteps.
Just as Cory had Shawn, Riley has a thick-as-thieves BFF of her own. We can’t wait to meet Maya, Riley’s best friend — who is different from Riley in every way. She’s a pessimist, and described as “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’s described as having “acerbic wit” and being “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.”
We’re already obsessed. Weigh in below in the comments section with your thoughts (and, obviously, dream casting suggestions!)