Cory and Topanga’s Daughter Cast in ‘Girl Meets World’

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Disney Channel’s anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World, is a series about the funny experiences and heartstring-tugging tribulations endured by now-married couple Cory and Topanga Matthews’ (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) 13-year old daughter, Riley, as well as her brother Elliott and best friend Maya.

Children of the ’90s are waiting to learn which other endearing BMW characters are returning in the new show. However, executive producer Michael Jacobs (the co-creator of BMW) isn’t banking on nostalgia to carry this ship out to sea. Indeed, Fishel and her former costar Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter) have emphasized that GMW is foremost a standalone series about a new generation coming of age (and not a glorified reunion special, as some might be anticipating).

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.

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Girl Meets World catches up with Cornelius Cory and Topanga in real time, as the former has followed in the footsteps of his mentor and grandfather figure George Feeny (William Daniels) by becoming a junior high school science teacher. There is room for BMW star Will Friedle to pop up as Riley’s uncle Eric, as well as Betsy Randle and William Russ to appear as her grandparents. However, the non-Matthews clan members from BMW are more of a long shot (at least, beyond an episodic stint).

As to whether GMW will catch on like its predecessor, well, that’s anyone guess. It will be geared more towards family audiences, but the tone may (or may not) fall closer to 21st-century Disney Channel series Hanna Montana and That’s So Raven than some might prefer. Ultimately, though, it’s the current generation that GMW aims to resonate with, not older viewers; hopefully, it does so in a thoughtful and touching manner that feels like an appropriate reflection of our modern times.

The Girls Meets World pilot begins production next month.

Source: EW

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  1. I can’t wait for this show! I’ve been Watchibg the older eps as its just as awesome as I remember.

  2. Definitely excited. In 09 I re watched all 7 seasons of BMW and it was fun to re live that excitement.

  3. She looks like she could actually be their kid. Kinda creepy!

  4. If Feeny or Eric dont return then forget this, they were the chief scource of humor. And if this show is very formulaic and focused on the kid like it was with cory in the first seasons of the original then Im bowing out right now.

  5. Wow, you mean when Boy Meets World came out, I was Married with 3 kids already???


  6. this will fail – she will aspire to be someone famous on the show like every other disney show. What made BMW special was how normal everyone was. It was easy to relate to. And the entire cast, especially Mr Feeny, Eric, and Shawn made the show great. This is just a superficial cash grab leaching off the memory of BMW

    • Oh man that’s my fear too…please no RIDICULOUS DREAM JOB for Riley (incase anyone a part of the show reads this aka pop-singer, fashion designer, actor, anything relating to the media!!!).

      It would be soooo awesome just to hear one more time Eric’s Feeny call…sooooo awesome.

  7. Excelent !!! Please send This programa to México, Disney Chanel L.A.

  8. I am very anxious to see how it goes I feel like Disney is the wrong station for it to air on but hopefully it is just as good but I have my doubts;/

  9. What day is it suppose to come out I hope that have most of the characters come back like Sean eric all the main ones ferny would be cool too all the other ones could be on there to cuz they all played a part in the show I hope its just as good as boy meets world

  10. If the actors playing the parents are 32 and look younger than that, then they had their daughter at 18/19? That seems a little weird to me, but I could suspend disbelief if they write the parents as much older and the actors can “old it up” quite a bit. 😉

  11. I think they should bring back Shawnee back as Mias parent or family member since he was so close tills family to Cory