Fox finds 'Beezus and Ramona' sisters


In a pairing designed to get tweens texting one another the news, child stars Selena Gomez and Joey King have been cast as sisters in "Beezus and Ramona," a film adaptation of the "Ramona" book series by Beverly Cleary.

Gomez will play Beezus, older sister to the energetic, accident-prone Ramona (King).

Elizabeth Allen ("Aquamarine") will direct a screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing for Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media.

Fox 2000 conducted a nationwide casting call for Ramona, and the role went to the 9-year-old King after a successful screen test. The young actress is repped by Coast to Coast Talent and already has collected credits including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Medium," "Jericho" and "Entourage."

Gomez, repped by CAA, stars on Disney Channel's "The Wizards of Waverly Place" and is working on an album. (partialdiff)