After months of searching, the CW network has finally revealed who they’ve cast as young Carrie Bradshaw in the pilot for their new Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, based on the book of the same name by author Candace Bushnell. A studio rep has confirmed that AnnaSophia Robb will play the younger version of Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie in the original HBO series and subsequent films. The prequel will be set in the ’80s and will feature Carrie as she tries to navigate teenage life with “a complete lack of knowledge about love, sex and relationships,” according to the casting call for the role. Carrie will also be getting her first taste of the fashion world while trying to deal with the recent loss of her mother. And it will all take place, of course, in Manhattan.
Robb has previously starred in big screen hits such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia and Soul Surfer. The Carrie Diaries will debut on the CW in May, at which point the network will decide whether to turn it into a full series.