Back to Waverly Place we go!
Disney Channel has ordered a pilot for a Wizards of Waverly Place sequel series, TVLine has confirmed.
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David Henrie, who co-starred in all four original Waverly seasons as teenage wizard Justin Russo, will reprise his role in a series-regular capacity for the potential follow-up. Selena Gomez, meanwhile, will guest-star in the pilot, returning as Alex Russo; she and Henrie are also among the project’s executive producers.
The sequel picks up after a mysterious incident at boarding school WizTech, where Justin has left his wizard powers behind and opted for a normal, human life with his wife and two sons. But according to the official logline, “he gets a surprise when a powerful young wizard in need of training shows up at his door… and Justin must embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World.”
Relative newcomer Janice LeAnn Brown, whose previous credits include Disney Channel’s Just Roll with It, has landed the role of Billie, the aforementioned young wizard. Alkaio Thiele (Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends) will co-star as Roman Russo, Justin’s oldest son, while Mimi Gianopulos (Rutherford Falls) will play Justin’s wife, Giada.
Wizards of Waverly Place originally ran on Disney Channel from 2007 to 2012, starring Gomez, Henrie and Jake T. Austin as siblings navigating adolescence while also honing their magical abilities. Since the series ended, Gomez has broken out as both a pop star and Golden Globe-nominated actress, currently starring on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building alongside Martin Short and Steve Martin.
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