A pilot for a “Wizards of Waverly Place” sequel series has been ordered at Disney Channel, Variety has confirmed.
Original series star David Henrie will star in and executive produce the potential series, with original star Selena Gomez set to guest star in the pilot and executive produce. Henrie will reprise the role of Justin Russo, while Gomez will once again play Alex Russo. Additional cast for the pilot includes Janice LeAnn Brown, Alkaio Thiele, and Mimi Gianopulos. Disney Branded Television is behind the series.
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The official description of the series says that it “picks up after a mysterious incident at WizTech, where an adult Justin Russo has left his wizard powers behind, opting for a normal, human life with his wife (Gianopulos) and two sons (one of whom will be played by Thiele). But he gets a surprise when a powerful young wizard (Brown) in need of training shows up at his door… and Justin must embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World.”
Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas are writing and executive producing the pilot, with the duo having previously co-created the Disney sequel series “Raven’s Home.” Along with them, Gomez, and Henrie, Gary Marsh and Andy Fickman also executive produce, with Fickman directing the pilot.
The original “Wizards of Waverly Place” was one of the most popular Disney Channel shows of its time. It aired for four seasons between 2007 and 2012, during which time Disney also produced the Disney Channel original movie “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.”
Gomez is repped by Lighthouse Management + Media, WME, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole. Henrie is repped by Untitled. Brown is repped by Eris Talent Agency and MB Talent & Entertainment Management. Thiele is repped by DDO Artists Agency. Gianopulos is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Deadline first reported the pilot order.
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