February 27, 2012 1:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
The CW Casts Young Carrie Bradshaw: AnnaSophia Robb
The CW has cast its young Carrie Bradshaw.
AnnaSophia Robb, best known for playing Violet in the 2005 Tim Burton feature Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will star in the network's pilot The Carrie Diaries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project is a prequel to HBO's Sex and the City.
Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, Carrie Diaries revolves around a young Carrie Bradshaw as she comes of age in the 1980s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.
Fake Empire's Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein (Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie) will executive produce alongside Warner Bros. Television. Former Sex and the City scribe/co-producer Amy B. Harris will adapt the book and serve as showrunner. Miguel Arteta will direct the pilot.
The first book in Bushnell’s origin story was published last year and, like Sex and the City, is told from Carrie’s point of view. It follows the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna.
HBO owns the rights to Sex and the City, with corporate cousin the CW hearing the pitch in September and immediately committing to the project. Robb's reps can only hope that this project will have the same impact on her career as SATC — which ran from 1998-2004 on HBO and spurred a pair of feature films — did for Sarah Jessica Parker's.
The young actress joins the previously cast Stefania Owen (Running Wilde), who will play Carrie's 14-year-old sister in the project.
In addition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robb's credits include features Because of Winn-Dixie, Bridge to Terabithia as well as Jumper. The 18-year-old actress is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Schreck Rose.
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