Out with the old and in with the new. The upcoming Sex and the City
prequel has finally found its lead. 18-year-old actress AnnaSophia Robb
, who starred in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, snagged the coveted role in the CW
's The Carrie Diaries
The new show, based on Candace Bushnell's novel
of the same name will center on Carrie in her high school years, exploring her family, her friendships and teen sexuality. Oh, the good old days.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly
, CW development head Thom Sherman
says, "We weirdly compare it to Smallville
because it's an origin story - how she started writing, how she came to love Manhattan. Basically how we frame the show is, 'Carrie at 16 found her first love and it's not a boy - it's Man-hattan.' The other unique aspect is obviously the time period."
CW has also confirmed that you can expect a young Samantha Jones
to turn up as well, though we won't be seeing Carrie's other pals, Miranda and Charlotte.
Slated for sometime in 2012, the series is expected to follow Carrie right up until she arrives in The Big Apple to start her career as a writer, hopefully with big hair, shoulder pads and Cyndi Lauper
music in tow.