‘The Carrie Diaries’ Finds Its Lead: AnnaSophia Robb

We couldn’t help but wonder which young actress should walk a mile in Carrie Bradshaw’s enviable shoes for “Sex and the City” prequel, “The Carrie Diaries,” and now we have our answer: The CW has cast AnnaSophia Robb in the title role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 18-year-old actress already has a fairly impressive resume to her name. Audiences most recently saw AnnaSophia portray real-life shark-attack survivor Bethany Hamilton in the inspirational drama “Soul Surfer.” Her other film credits include “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, “The Carrie Diaries” follows the future sex columnist during her teen years in the ’80s.

“The focus is so much on Carrie Bradshaw’s character and who she was at 16, 17 years old,” CW development head Thom Sherman told Entertainment Weekly recently. “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.”

Teen series based in the ’80s haven’t been a super-successful business as of yet (remember that defunct “Gossip Girl” prequel?) but perhaps “GG” bosses Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (who are also executive producing “Carrie Diaries”) will have better luck with this beloved character.

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