EW is reporting that 11-year old Rowan Blanchard has been cast as young Riley, following in her onscreen father’s footsteps by serving as the emotional fulcrum on a family-friendly sit-com. The young actress might be recognizable to some for her appearance in The Back-Up Plan and leading performance in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World; otherwise, she’s as much an unknown talent as Savage was when he appeared in Boy Meets World twenty years ago. (How time flies, right?)
Here’s Jacobs statement on the casting:
“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.”
As for the Riley character, here is a description:
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.