The new young Carrie is relatively unknown actress AnnaSophia Robb, best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in the 2005 Johnny Depp-version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, according to The Hollywood Reporter. More recently, she played Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer (yes, I saw it, OK?).
No word yet on who will play the younger versions of Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte–though they don’t figure prominently into the plot. Young actress Stefania Owen has been cast to play Carrie’s 14-year-old sister (to which Britt, who is sitting next to me in Paris, said “Wha? Carrie had a sister!?”). We didn’t know either.
We previously reported that Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are signed on to produce The Carrie Diaries, and that Amy Harris, a writer on the original SATC HBO series, has written the pilot. We can also report that another important member of team Gossip Girl is heading over to Carrie Diaries, too: costume designer Eric Daman will give up headbands for what we hope will be neon scrunchies.
Sounds like they’ve got a good team assembled. Will you tune in?