Now that casting is totally underway for Disney's upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World, we're slowly learning more details about the new characters that will be involved in the project. The latest update: In addition to a young daughter named Riley, who will be portrayed by 11-year-old actress Rowan Blanchard, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) will also have a 13-year-old son named Elliott.
Though no one's been cast in the role just yet, we do have the detailed character description, thanks to EW:
– Elliott Matthews, 13. Cory and Topanga’s son. This guy will start the series as a “thinking man’s jock.” He���s described as “good looking, well built, funny and insightful in his observations. Good hearted except for his dedication toward using Riley (Blanchard) as his wrestling practice dummy. His parents worry that he has inherited the ‘Eric Matthews Algernon’ gene and will lose intelligence as time goes by.” That “Eric Matthews Algernon” bit is a two-part reference to a character in the original series who got dumber as seasons passed and the classic novel with a similar theme, Flowers for Algernon.
Additionally, the series is also looking for a child genius character named Shamus - who sounds like he's going to be a variation of the original series' Minkus, because he's described as a "future world ruler" - and a good-looking transfer student from Texas named Tristan who will be a "cowboy in the city"-type.
The pilot of Girl Meets World is set to go into production next month, and if all goes to plan, Disney will officially pick up the series for the 2013-14 season - something that's already looking like a done deal. This may very well be the best show ever.
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