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‘Girl Meets World’ Casts Rowan Blanchard As Cory And Topanga’s Daughter Riley

Rowan Blanchard cast as Riley Matthews

Girl Meets World, meet Rowan Blanchard.

The 11-year-old has been cast as Riley, the daughter of Cory and Topanga, for the spinoff of Boy Meets World.

Blanchard has appeared in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World and The Back-up Plan. According to EW, she was notified Monday that she had won the role after a nationwide casting search.

Michael Jacobs, who is producing Girl Meets World, said, “As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews. 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.”

Disney Channel has officially ordered a pilot for Girl Meets World, which is scheduled to begin production in February and will pick up more than a decade after Boy Meets World ended. Stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be returning for the spinoff, reuniting with Jacobs, who created and executive produced Boy Meets World.

One person from the original who will not be returning, at least not anytime soon, is Rider Strong’s Shawn Hunter. Strong said he has “no official involvement” in the spinoff. While that doesn’t necessarily mean he will never appear on Girl Meets World, Strong said there wasn’t much that could be done with his character.

“Let’s be honest, more Boy Meets World would only further ruin his life,” Strong said. “Being The Dramatic Storyline in a 22-minute comedy series takes its toll. It was never easy for him to live a sitcom existence, where poverty can be a punch line, where alcoholic parents can be funny, where no matter how much you learn—no matter how much Mr. Feeny sets you straight— you come back the next week, making the same old mistakes.”

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4 Responses to “‘Girl Meets World’ Casts Rowan Blanchard As Cory And Topanga’s Daughter Riley”

  1. Anonymous

    Oh my goodness! Blanchard is just the most adorable little girl ever and the perfect fit for Cory and Topanga’s daughter! It’s such a relief that they made a good decision with the lead role, and now I’m more excited than ever to see the end result! Of course, I have my doubts that this show will ever top the classic Boy Meets World, but that’s only because that series was my absolute favorite as a kid. In fact, all this Boy Meets World talk has really gotten me in the mood to dig up some old episodes and take a trip down memory lane with Cory and the gang. Luckily, my friend from my office at DISH tipped me off that they still air episodes every day, so I’ll have to start recording those immediately! I’m just glad that I don’t have to stress that these daily recordings are going to overrun my DVR, since my DISH Hopper has a hefty 450 hours of HD recording space to work with. Otherwise, I’d be spending just as much time deleting Boy Meets World episodes as I would be watching them!

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