18-year-old Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star, AnnaSophia Robb, has a large pair of designer Manolo Blahniks to fill, as the young actress is set to portray the role Sarah Jessica Parker made famous in the new CW pilot, The Carrie Diaries.
As previously reported, The Carrie Diaries, which is based on the Candace Bushnell book series, will explore the life of small-town girl Carrie Bradshaw in the ’80s, as she makes her way through high school – and all the complications that come with it – in an attempt to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. The Carrie Diaries is a prequel to Bushnell’s best-seller Sex And The City, which was later adapted into the popular HBO show in 1998.
The CW committed to the project back in September, with Sex and the City writer/co-producer Amy B. Harris adapting the book and serving as the series showrunner. Alongside Harris, the Warner Bros. Television project also secured Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein (Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie) to executive produce, as well as HBO’s Enlightened director (and producer) Miguel Arteta to direct the pilot.
Actress Stefania Owen (Running Wilde) will also be joining Robb in the prequel, as Carrie’s 14-year-old sister.
The CW’s Carrie Diaries series would mark the first appearance of AnnaSophia Robb in a leading television role and the third project based on Bushnell’s books to be development into a show, after Sex and the City and the 2008 series Lipstick Jungle starring Brooke Shields. While Lipstick Jungle may have found a small following, the series was eventually canceled after its second season.
It remains to be seen if The CW’s The Carrie Diaries will achieve the same widespread success with a younger teen-based audience than Sex And The City had. If CW’s other profitable young and female oriented lineup The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl are any type of indication, then it seems promising. One of the potential pitfalls of the series might be the fact that most of the current CW demographic probably weren’t even allowed to watch HBO’s Sex And The City back in ’98, and, in return, the loyal Sex and the City fans may find The Carrie Diaries too watered down for their liking.
The CW will make a decision on The Carrie Diaries this May.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter