Rowan Blanchard (Getty Images)
It's hard to believe that 13 years ago, "Boy Meets World's" Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) wed his lifelong love, Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel). But it has certainly been that long, and now they've got a child to prove it.
Young 11-year-old actress Rowan Blanchard has just been cast as Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory and Topanga in "Girl Meets World," the upcoming "Boy Meets World" follow-up that will revolve around Blanchard's character. You may remember Blanchard from such films as "Spy Kids 4" and "The Backup Plan," but neither of those arguably compare to being the heroine of a beloved TGIF reboot.
Understandably, Blanchard is excited.
"IT'S OFFICIAL! I WILL BE PLAYING RILEY MATTHEWS IN GIRL MEETS WORLD!! AHHH SOO EXCITED!" she tweeted on Monday.
But she's not nearly as excited as "Boy Meets World" creator Michael Jacobs, who said that upon seeing her, he was "reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Corey Matthews."
"Rowan is real and accessible," Jacobs said. "And I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well."
The original "Boy Meets World" cast. (ABC)
While the target audience (that is to say, children) may not be as familiar with the cries of "Feeny!" as those who grew up watching ABC's TGIF lineup, "Girl Meets World" will still have something for everyone. Here's what we know about "Girl Meets World" so far:
- Provided the show is picked up, "Girl Meets World" will air on the Disney Channel beginning later this year. The pilot begins filming next month, so hope beyond hope that the network falls in love.
- Stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be returning (clearly), but best friend Shawn (Rider Strong) will not. Evidently, the actor felt there wasn't anywhere else to take his character, though fans will argue that even just a cameo would probably suffice. (Just for old time's sake, Rider -- come on!)
- Danielle Fishel has been vocal in reminding fans that "Girl Meets World" is a new show. Yes, we'll see "familiar faces, familiar themes, and familiar messages," but it's a modern show set today. Times have changed, and "GMW" will reflect that.
- Riley will have an older brother, Elliot, and Cory is now "the new Feeny" thanks to his gig teaching seventh grade history. No word on whether the real Feeny (William Daniels) will make an appearance, or at least continue to mentor Cory. But a fan can dream.
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So, until news of whether "Girl Meets World" is getting picked up is confirmed, "Boy Meets World" aficionados will lay in wait. So whenever you hear the wind whistle through the trees, imagine it whispers the name, "Feeny."