World, meet the girl.
Original series stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel signed on for the spin-off pilot shortly after it was first announced and Fishel tweeted that they were both helping cast their TV daughter, Riley Matthews. Blanchard, whose roles include Spy Kids: All the Time in World in 4D and The Back-Up Plan, won the role after a nationwide casting search. "As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews," series creator Michael Jacobs told EW. "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."
Blanchard tweeted shortly after the news broke, "IT'S OFFICIAL! I WILL BE PLAYING RILEY MATTHEWS IN GIRL MEETS WORLD!! AHHH SOO EXCITED!"
Production on Girl Meets World is set to begin next month. If the pilot is picked up to series by Disney Channel, it would debut sometime during the 2013-2014 schedule.
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