No longer do we have to fear the possibility of Sarah Jessica Parker squeezing herself into leggings to play 1980s-era Carrie Bradshaw—The CW has just confirmed that AnnaSophia Robb will play teenage Carrie in its upcoming series The Carrie Diaries.
We named AnnaSophia one of our Girl Crushes last year because at the Soul Surfer junket she seemed like a genuine 17-year-old girl. However, her casting probably wasn’t anyone’s first guess, especially since she’s worked her way up through Hollywood starring in squeaky-clean, nostalgia projects like the American Girl movies and the film adaptation of Bridge to Terabithia. For a while, I was personally gunning for Elizabeth Olsen, but she’s obviously beyond that realm now.
All in all, I’m excited for AnnaSophia to tackle this much more adult role and hopefully bring to it less cynicism than the Carrie we’re used to. The show, based on Candace Bushnell‘s young adult book series, tracks Carrie’s move from her small town to New York City, where she must form the friendships that made up the backbone of HBO’s Sex and the City, while developing enough confidence in herself to make it in the Big Apple.
Overseeing the series are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, executive producers for the increasingly soapy Gossip Girl, so fingers crossed we’ll still get Carrie’s awful, pun-laden narration.