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Meet Cory and Topanga’s Daughter, Newly Cast For The Girl Meets World Pilot

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Children of the 90s rejoiced when they found out Disney was working on a series sequel to Boy Meets World. And Girl Meets World actually sounded awesome. Then Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel signed on and all was right with the world. There was just one important thing left – finding an actress to play the daughter of Cory and Topanga. The lucky duck is 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard

Blanchard will play Riley Matthews, daughter of the couple who grew up together in front of the world and were married on the show. Here’s how the initial casting sheet described the character:

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.

She’s a few years younger of course but that’s probably a good thing considering how long the pilot to series process can sometimes take. Blanchard doesn’t have many acting credits to her name but she did star in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D with Jessica Alba and Joel McHale. If you haven’t seen that, which I’m guessing you haven’t, here’s the actress singing Adele’s “Someone Like You,” as herself.

“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” producer Michael Jacobs told 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.” Filming for the pilot is set to start next month and we’re still waiting to hear who they’ve cast as Cory and Topanga’s son Elliot and Riley’s friend Maya.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image AdMedia/WENN.com)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."