updated 01/29/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/29/2013 AT 11:15 AM ET
World, meet girl.
Rowan Blanchard, an 11-year-old actress, has been cast in the crucial central role – that of Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley Matthews – in Girl Meets World, the Disney Channel update of ’90s show Boy Meets World.
The reboot – for which a pilot episode has been ordered – is told from the point of view of Riley, a 13-year-old.
Her parents, Cory and Topanga, who are now happily married, will be played by the original show’s stars, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel.
“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” producer Michael Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly, which broke the news. “Rowan is real and accessible, and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
The pilot for Girl Meets World is expected to begin filming next month.